Staff Editorial: AT’T hopes to help dropouts, Obama tires of politicks

Students not able to obtain loans: F

Students attending community colleges are unable to borrow money for loans, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Community colleges do not participate in the federal loan program, leaving about 1 million students without the ability to take out loans. They argue that they do not want students to obtain a large debt upon graduating.

Instead, students turn to private loans, credit cards and working more to finance their education.

While community colleges typically cost less than public and private universities, they should also give their students the same opportunities. Rather than making the process of obtaining an education a difficult process, these colleges should look for ways to minimize distractions outside of the classroom and help students find ways to pay for school.

AT’T addresses student dropouts: A

AT’T announced it was donating $100 million to help prevent high school students from dropping out, The New York Times reported Thursday.

With the job market becoming more competitive and employers demanding more credentials to work, the donation gives students a fighting chance to gain a career. It will be distributed over four years to aid the estimated 1.2 million students who drop out before graduating, The New York Times reported.

As more employers look for a strong academic background in potential employees, supplying help to students will help them with better training to find good jobs.

Twenty-one debates, same topics: F

Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday he doesn’t foresee himself participating in another debate with Sen. Hillary Clinton since the same controversies are brought up in every one.

In the most recent debate, Obama said they "set a new record" when it came to how long it took to debate anything substantial.

"It took us 45 minutes before we even started talking about a single issue that matters to the American people," he said.

Obama has a point. All too often in this presidential race controversy gets the headlines and the important issues don’t get addressed.

Consider how many Americans know the name of Obama’s former pastor, or the controversial comments he has made. Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s views shouldn’t matter. Instead of focusing on this sermon, we should focus on pertinent issues such as what will happen to our young veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We should be asking how these candidates hope to stimulate the American economy and create jobs.

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