Editor: Halloween decorations are up at our local Giant across the street from campus, and I’m already looking ahead at mid-term papers coming due. Fall comes-on fast for a sophomore at Mason. On campus, the typical electioneering is sort of subdued. Except for one, major topic—student loans. It comes up periodically among us, The Indebted. My generation is resigned to it.
But looking a little closer at this fall’s ballot, reveals someone who isn’t resigned to it. Barbara Comstock, my Congressman, from Virginia’s 10th District.
Because most student loans are federally-subsidized, Congress can, and has, worked to minimize the sting of our student debt. Congressman Comstock herself supported several bills that put the brakes on escalating costs for college kids. She voted for the American Opportunity Tax Credit, insisting that temporary tax credits be made permanent, for all my qualifying expenses. The good news is that I can use any savings to offset the costs of my textbooks which must be, by my best guess, made out of 24 carat gold. (Note: they are not; it’s recycled paper) Comstock also smartly supported the Student Loan Relief Act, which aims to keep the cost of borrowing down for all students.
Comstock is working hard to keep me and my classmates on-track to getting our degrees. She’s kept her promise to us, so that we can graduate, enter the workforce and pay back these debts. Truthfully, our biggest hope is that we can get good-paying jobs, that we can change this sluggish economy around, and that we can keep our promise to our parents and our lenders.
If you’re going to vote this fall, think about it for one minute. Who will walk onto the House floor and vote for smart student-debt relief? Comstock has, and will and on top of that introduced her own bill.
Barbara Comstock works hard for students like me.
Cody Pasielski, Lovettsville