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Posted on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 : 12:15 p.m.

Rob Steele is no friend of higher education

By Letters to the Editor

As a student at the University of Michigan, I am deeply concerned with Rob Steele’s apparent disregard for the importance of improving higher education. For a candidate who hopes to represent the University’s Ann Arbor campus in Congress, I find it distressing that he does not even list “Education” as priority on his website.

If elected, Steele would support Republican plans to decrease funding for higher education by 20%. Cuts to higher education funding would lead to a decrease in Pell Grants and other need-based student aid, which would deny thousands of young people the opportunity to go to college.

Every year, Michigan students struggle with tuition hikes and when they graduate are often plagued by student debt. Not only does Steele fail to offer any improvements to the status quo, but he actually promotes measures that will exacerbate the difficulty students and their families already face in funding education. I refuse to support a candidate who considers the financing of my future and the future of our country wasteful government spending.

Devin Parsons Ann Arbor



Sat, Oct 30, 2010 : 9:27 p.m.

If it wasn't for the excessive and sometimes irrational regulations placed on businesses in Michigan, as well as the MBT (you'll learn more about these when you get out of college and enter the working world), we the small business owners would be able to provide college students jobs. If responsible and not blowing their money on new Iphones every year, they can then fund their own tuition. This, like being a business owner, is called an investment which is made in hopes of a better future. Tenacity, hard work & self respect is what once made this country great. Immigrants came to America because you could be whatever you wanted to be, not get whatever you can get.


Thu, Oct 28, 2010 : 5:47 p.m.

Wow. Some serious whining going on there. I know it's a shock, but many students don't get Pell grants. They actually get a job or take out loans. They find a way and don't look to the feds to bail them out. How about pointing your finger at the University and asking them to stop the chronic waste within the system? Dingell has no plan for you other than spending money from society's producers, money that could be kept in-state creating jobs for students when they get out with that over-priced degree.

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball

Thu, Oct 28, 2010 : 5:10 p.m.

CBS Reports John Dingell's Conflict of Interest


Thu, Oct 28, 2010 : 4:06 p.m.

John Dingell went to DC when he was 7, attended private school, then Georgetown University. Rob Steele, on the other hand, attended public school in Michigan, was a 4th generation U of M grad, at age 23 one of the youngest medical school graduates in U of M history. He paid his way through medical school working summers in a UAW parts plant. His children attend public school here. He knows education way more than John Dingell. Dr. Steele probably doesn't mention education, because the federal government doesn't actually help get kids educated. John Dingell takes money from the Michigan people, donates 10-20% to another state, then returns our money to his pet projects here. Despite 190% increase in federal education dollars spent since 1970, test scores have remained flat. If you want to watch their debate topic on Education, here it is. Dingell has nothing new to offer but spend, spend, spend. So if all you want is your neighbor's Dingell. If you real Steele.