Mountain View Voice

Opinion - April 2, 2010

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On Foothill students joining the protest in Sacramento

"Looming final exams and papers didn't stop four busloads of Foothill College students ..."

Yeah, that makes me want to pay more taxes to fund your "education."

USA, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood

These adults are taking it upon themselves to voice their displeasure at something which will very directly screw with their future. They are doing it while handling full course loads and, many are doing so while juggling several part or full time jobs, to offset the large amount of debt that they are placed under with less and less grant money available to them for educational pursuits.

They are organizing, just as a Union would when unfair and oppressive practices serve to fragment and dissolve the workers who have put in long hours to make living wages. They are organizing for a cause that is greater than their individual selves, for generations that will come after them who will be saddled with a partially functioning general education system.

This is what America has always stood for, and I applaud their efforts to make a stand, take active voice and help restore proper educational funding levels to a state and country that have seen it been robbed ever since the end of the free collegiate education in the UC system in the late 1960s.

A.J., a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood

It's not like these kids are the most spoiled of the bunch, they go to Foothill for crying out loud! I went to Foothill too, so I'm not bagging it. In fact, half of my friends' parents met at Foothill, including mine! Why shouldn't we stand up for local students trying to hang in there and get a quality education for a reasonable price?

Bruno, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood

Interesting how a tea-bagger would be upset about individuals making a choice to exercise their right to free speech — even placing the exercise of said right above a few hours of studying.

Eric, a resident of another community

Answer to "How did you get to where you are?": By lying, waffling, and playing politics as usual. How else?

Will Joseph, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood

Start funding education properly and you won't need so many prisons.

Posted by Pat, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood

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