Don’t forgive student loan debt. Use national bankruptcy laws instead
Let debtors declare bankruptcy
I agree with many of columnist Mac Stipanovich’s comments about the dangers of federal student debt cancellation, but he offers no solution. I also understand that many former students are now trapped for life by their loans which continue to accumulate interest. The solution to this massive problem is to reform our country’s bankruptcy laws which currently make it virtually impossible to pay off student loan debts in bankruptcy.
This problem could be solved and equitable by providing relief to student loan debtors through Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, where part of the debt is paid over three to five years and the balance is written off. For debtors unable to repay even part of the debt, Chapter 7 may be available to write off the debt entirely. Such reforms would individualize relief and be much fairer than anything that has been proposed.
James Byrne, Saint PETERSBOURG
Older people still need vaccines
I hope Governor Ron DeSantis will verify that many people in their 80s to 90s still haven’t received the first COVID vaccine before opening the door to the 60-65 age group. Adding more eligible people would mean it would take a lot longer for seniors to get vaccinated. Find a way to get an appointment for all 70s, 80s and 90s before you open the floodgates.
Chuck Finlon, Bradenton
Remove Razor Wire, Capitol Fencing, DC Residents Argue | 1st of March
The best thing about the wall they built around the Capitol would be if we could close the doors and keep all the politicians in there, with no media, no lobbyists, and no outside until they did something. thing. That way we wouldn’t have to listen to all the unnecessary rhetoric. The results are all I want to hear.
Michael Bugosh, Downtown of the sun
Trump is no longer big news
Trump hints at race in 2024 | 1st of March
Donald Trump has lost the social media megaphone he used to spread lies, conspiracy theories and juvenile slurs. With his words as president, he inspired millions of gullible people to falsely claim that the election was stolen from him, and prompted thousands to gather in Washington, DC on January 6 and take to storms the United States Capitol in a deadly insurgency. This is why social networks have taken away its megaphone. I fervently hope that the Tampa Bay Times will consider that the next time an editor says, “Hey! Let’s start with a front page headline from Trump! If it is news, a single column on page 2 or 3 would suffice.
Mackie McNamara, Tampa
Unity is a two-way street
Trump hints at race in 2024 | March. 1
the Washington post article that the Time published said former President Donald Trump repeated false allegations of voter fraud. Maybe if Democrats, mainstream media and big tech insisted that all contested election fraud hearings be held and covered on national television for everyone to hear and see the evidence, then maybe that what happened on Capitol Hill could have been reduced or prevented. Democrats preach unity and turn the heat down. A simple verbiage change such as replacing “false claims” with “unsubstantiated claims” or “unproven claims” would do just that.
Marc Khan, Tampa