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  1. Emilee Atkinson has written an important article (p.1, Jan 16) revealing the tremendous increases in tuition since 1970. As Atkinson points out was true for college students in the 1960s and 1970s, many of my classmates and I were able to pay for a significant amount of our tuition and other costs by working minimum wage jobs in restaurants and local businesses. Since that time, education and the investment in our young people have been given a much lower priority by our state legislature. Consequently, today’s students who work as well as attend classes will still often find themselves owing thousands of dollars by the time they graduate. As an instructor at WSU, I am impressed with how hard our students work to pay the ever-increasing costs of tuition and other school fees. Their parents, too, struggle financially as they attempt to do their part in supporting their children’s education. We need to educate those running for office that our state government should responsibly fund education and realize that investing in the youth of the state must be among the highest priorities. Tuition and fees should be significantly lowered rather than allowing them to be “always rising,” as Atkinson’s research warns.

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