Objection to Democrats selective
Re Bob Soule letter, "Democrats on wrong side of racist history," April 3:
Mr. Soule, in your recently published letter you thoroughly convinced me that the Democratic Party was opposed to racial equality. Then I remembered that in 1948 the so-called "Solid South" of Democrats began to break away from the party when President Truman proposed civil rights legislation.
A senator from the South named J. Strom Thurmond chose to run for President as a "States' Rights Candidate." His "Dixiecrats" platform promoted "preservation of the Southern Way of Life." Subsequently, such luminaries as Thurmond, Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina, and Gov. George Wallace led the charge of Southern Democrats who left the Democratic Party to continue their push for the "Southern Way of Life." Mr. Soule, when you tell the truth, you have to tell the whole truth, or else it isn't. Good try, perhaps your next letter can convince me why the Republican party's opposition to regulation of Wall Street is a good thing.
Allotment of school funds ill-conceived
Re South Carolina losing out on education funding:
Let me see if I get this right, the federal government earmarked $4.35 billion for education and states could apply for this funding, i.e., complete a 1,251-page application (talk about begging). Then through a review of the applications and a first and second round of selections, those that get selected get a nice sum of money for education for their state(s).
According to the article, 41 states applied; the Carolinas were part of the Top 16. Unfortunately, we weren't selected. Only Delaware and Tennessee made it through round one and received $600 million combined.
If we divide $4.35 billion among 16 states, that would be approximately $27 million dollars to each of them. If we go a step further and divide it by 41 states, that would be approximately $10 million to each of them.
Why wouldn't the federal government simply give each state that applied the $10 million and avoid the massive application process since all states are in dire need of funding for education?
Solution needed for high debt load
Everyone is talking about how important it is to make sure college students do not get into credit card debt, but the more alarming issue is the number of students who graduate from college and do not earn enough to repay the cost of their student loans. Hopefully, the education reform bill will help college graduates by placing a cap on the student's annual student loan repayments at 10 percent. While it is not a cure all, at least it may prevent loan default and financial hardship on those who have worked hard to earn a college degree.
Draft would put end to our wars
The way to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is to reinstate the universal draft, without deferments. As long as the United States relies solely on a mercenary military, the country as a whole will allow these soldiers for hire to continue to fight and die indefinitely.
However, as soon as hundreds of thousands of young men are yanked out of their carefree civilian security and forced to fight and die halfway around the world in never-ending wars, the political protests will rival those of the 1960s and the wars will end.
Don't omit military children from care
Under the new health reform bill passed by Congress, Americans who receive health insurance through a group plan will soon be able to provide coverage to dependent children up to age 26. This does not apply to dependents of active duty and retired military personnel covered by Tricare. U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich has introduced H.R. 4923, the Tricare Dependent Coverage Extension Act. This bill will extend Tricare coverage to military dependents who are younger than 26. Please contact your representatives and ask them to support H.R. 4923.
Military dependents have made many sacrifices in support of their parents in the U.S. military. Extending Tricare coverage is one way we can show how much we appreciate our military families and honor their service to our country.
Loretta A. Cox,
retired Air Force