Letter: On political parties and student-loan debt

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Regarding Pierre Atlas’ column in Forefront [How Voting Rights Act changed our political parties, Aug. 14] my Republican friends are proud to point out how instrumental Republicans were to the passage of major Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s, ignoring the subsequent history of that party under Nixon.

In 1969, Congress passed a major tax bill. I attended a conference in Washington, D.C., on that law in late 1969 or early 1970. What struck me were the many speakers from the IRS and Treasury Department with heavy southern accents. The transformation of the Republican Party to a white southern party was apparent to all who attended.

In the same issue of Forefront Curt Smith [Children do best when raised by their married parents] and Star Parker [The collapse of the traditional American family] both provide good commentary on changing trends in family life. Unfortunately, neither mentions the student loan burden many young graduates carry that has been documented to cause people to delay marriage, home buying and other traditional things young people normally do in their 20s and early 30s. That problem will be addressed someday, when their voices are heard at the voting booth. Until the student-loan debt burden is addressed, we should expect the current conditions to continue, at least for the college educated crowd.

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Jerry Williams

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