Thursday, October 18, 2007

Community College Funding

Community College Funding

This article concerns a recent pledge to replace the $154 million recently vetoed which would provide much needed money to community colleges for health insurance. Everybody at this point is very hopeful that some sort of resolution or agreement will come soon to work everything out. Governor Rick Perry has suggested a different approach that would allow a certain portion of a fund to go to health insurance and a minimum amount going towards technology grants and financial aid.

I think this money is very necessary and is definitely needed for all community colleges. Community colleges are a great way for students to save money before transferring to four-year universities and to figure out their true interests. There are still lots of high school graduates who think college is out of their reach and even have a difficult time paying for community college. If we could help out community colleges more by giving them and their students the money they desperately need, even more students might go on to transfer to other universities or obtain degrees and graduate from the community colleges they attended. I think this type of funding is very important and should take priority. If only there was just a little bit more money to go around and help out those less fortunate, think about how many more people would be inspired to return to school or to start something new in their lives. This is something that I feel very strongly about because I am paying for school all by myself with absolutely no outside help and it is a constant struggle. If there could be more money out there for the students who are willing to work hard even more people could realize that their aspirations are attainable.

Thursday, October 4, 2007


SCHIP Article

This blog concerns President Bush’s recent veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill. On Monday he noted the bills importance and acknowledged the government’s vital role in assisting lower income families in their children’s health costs. Later on he vetoed the reauthorization of the bill and openly stated his support for private medication as opposed to federal government run health care.

The SCHIP has been a controversial topic which has appeared in many of the blogs I perused. Bush’s contradiction and swift change of mind has many people up in arms over the issue. Health care in America should be the responsibility of the government, particularly for those who cannot afford it on their own. The government should take care of its citizens, especially those who can’t take care of themselves. Everybody, especially children, deserve the right to good health. Children can’t help the situation they are born into. Some are lucky and are fortunate enough to have parents who will provide them good health care and be able to take care of them in every way. Others, however, are not quite so lucky. There are many children out there whose parents do not make enough money to even support themselves, let alone their children who could be in desperate need of medical attention. The government needs to put their focus more on its citizens and less on the war in Iraq. We need to think ourselves before other countries and making sure every American citizen is taken care of and provided for in every possible way should be a serious priority.

Hopefully there will come a time when every innocent child will be able to get the medical attention he or she deserves without their parents worrying about how to pay for it. Hopefully one day our government will shift its focus from unnecessary wars to the people who it is obligated to take care of and provide for them everything they deserve. America is a wonderful country where immigrants come to seek a new, better life. We should be able to live up to that amazing reputation.