Your Turn, Sept. 9: Student debt’s invisible hand.

Recently, I needed to drive down Broadway to do business with a company I have traded with for decades. As I went down Broadway, I was shocked to see not just a lane or two closed but all lanes, both north and southbound, closed.

I was diverted onto a small side street. As I continued south, I looked at every intersection toward Broadway only to find block after block closed. I must have driven close to a mile before I called the company and asked “How do I get to you?” The man said: “You can’t.”

He continued: “The city destroyed our business, and we had to move way up 281 to survive.”

I called several other companies I had done business with that were on the edge of closing or had closed. I can’t imagine a city that can’t do better than this.

Maybe it’s a plan to destroy small businesses so another high-rise can replace them.

Perry Donop Jr.

Debt’s hidden influence

These days, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges, students graduate from medical school with a median debt of $200,000.

That debt pushes students to pursue more lucrative medical specialties. But America also needs our best and brightest as primary care physicians.

The same goes for college. We need more teachers, but students with high debt are more likely to need higher paying careers.

All young adults should participate in public service in return for some help in gaining a trade, associate, four-year or graduate/professional degree.

There is a wide array of opportunities for public service. And if young adults want to sign up for the military, they should receive a higher benefit.

Also, tax dollars should fund professors, not football coaches.

Deborah McNabb

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2022-09-08 18:09:08

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