Student debt elimination is just a bid for votes

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

It is now time for all college graduates who have accumulated student debt to prove they learned something from their four-year college experience. A large number of Democratic presidential candidates are proposing to wipe away student loan debt. A real-life learning experience called the “bait and switch” is lurking in the details. Although the campaign promise of “wiping away student loans” appears to be attractive, this tactic has been used in the past. For those with excessive college debt, voting for a candidate who makes this promise makes sense. However, once elected, your chosen candidate will do everything he or she can to convince you the opposing party consistently block efforts to make this campaign promise a reality. Candidates knew from the very beginning this promise would never materialize.

Another reason this promise of wiping away college debt would fail is because it would cause a revolt. What consideration would be given to all the college graduates and parents of college graduates who faithfully paid off their college loans? Do these Democratic presidential candidates really think for one minute this would not need to be addressed? Wiping away college debt is simply a tactic to get and secure votes.

Reread Campaign History 101. Campaign promises are just that — promises.

Jeffrey Bolea.

Chesterfield.

Serious injuries likely

with e-scooter use

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Now that Bolt Mobility has deposited a fleet of 500 dockless, standup two-wheeled e-scooters in our city, apparently “as an alternative to popular ride-hailing services for people looking to travel short distances,” according to a June 7 story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the question is: Will our city’s leaders come to their senses and recognize the serious and certain danger of these alternative modes of transportation, promoted by the company’s vice president as “simple, sustainable and safe,” or will they wait, as statistics on e-scooter rider injuries and fatalities pile up, to decide, as pedestrians and motorists already have, that these alternative modes of serious injury and death do, in fact, pose certain danger to the safety of our citizens and return all 500 to the company that dropped them here? I wonder what motives the mayor and the City Council had for approving Bolt Mobility’s operation within the city limits? The Associated Press, in a separate article, reported 11 e-scooter rider deaths in the U.S. since 2018 and quoted one severely injured e-scooter rider as saying, “These scooters should not be available to the public. Those things are like a death wish.” Having read the enumerated injuries of two e-scooter riders listed in the AP article — brain concussions, broken bones snapped in both legs, broken thighbone, shattered kneecap, punctured lung and fractured neck vertebrae — I concur. This list belies the company’s vice president’s alliterative campaign for providing “simple, sustainable and safe transportation.” Who is he kidding? Have our leaders been duped?

Judith J. Bentley.

Richmond.

Virginia529 should

cover vocational education

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

The editorial on vocational training should help us realize that all education is, in a way, vocational.

Both hands and minds need to cooperate or the connection between knowledge and application is diminished.

If the money invested in the Virginia529 program could be applied to all education after high school, it would realistically acknowledge that there is more to education than just college.

When and how can the Virginia529 program be refocused to be a program that includes all education opportunities?

Marshall Johnson.

Mechanicsville.

People should be able to carry concealed weapons

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

I would like to see common sense applied to the treatment of people suffering from stress of oppression, whether it’s bullying, job loss or relationship problems. However, confiscating personal property from citizens based on unfounded accusations (political differences of opinion) without due process of law is a desecration to liberty bought so dearly on the Normandy beaches 75 years ago. While the grief is heavy on all our minds, this tragedy in Virginia Beach could have been prevented if the murderer’s access badge had been de-activated with his resignation. Also, it is clear to practical thinkers that advertising “gun-free zones” encourages cowards to attempt carnage on defenseless people.

People who wish to exercise their right to bear arms should be allowed to carry protection wherever they go, and this should include any teachers who have received Concealed Carry Weapons permits.

The current news of a concerted action by area law officers to apprehend 90-plus criminals is to be applauded. I sincerely hope that all who are proved guilty of crimes are forced to serve complete sentences without any suspensions and that they are not released prior to completion of sentences, as has recently happened in Virginia.

I am very concerned that our governor is using this recent tragedy to whip up hysterical constituents and take the public eye off his missteps.

Don’t leave us defenseless while encouraging illegal migration of people to hide among us without giving us the ability to protect ourselves and our families.

Frank Hale

North Chesterfield.

Top state officials

should resign

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Gov. Ralph Northam has made everybody mad, black, white and everything in between. I wish Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring all would resign. They all want to destroy white history. Northam campaigned that he wanted all the monuments torn down. Northam called Ed Gillespie a racist in one of his ads during the gubernatorial campaign. I think it was him in his yearbook picture with one person in blackface and another in KKK robes. He apologized, then said it might not be him. All three of Virginia’s top government officials are a disgrace to Virginia.

Charlene Sullins.

Chesapeake.

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