A letter to my Representative:
Dear Rod Blagojevich,
It is to my understanding that the state of Illinois has cut almost, if not more, $112 million in educational spending, as seen in Carbondale's Daily Egyptian, in addition to the Bush administration cutting Pell funding, leaving a reported 375,000
students who don't have the income to afford the hiked tuition costs without a chance for an education, as reported by Senators Kennedy and Harkin, and Representatives Miller and Obey.
Many of the residents in Southern Illinois are heavily dependent on government grants to gain their basic education. I should know--I work in my school's Financial Aid office. But what am I supposed to tell the person in front of me, the person who works like a slave to make ends meet, born into poverty, that she will forever remain in poverty, because our state doesn't care about its lower class-lower middle class citizens enough to allow them funding for a decent education? What would you like me to say? "I'm sorry, but our governor doesn't care"? Is that what you want your citizens to think of you as?
I am outraged at the continual educational budget cuts you are enforcing. If you cannot consider the lives of those who are of lower income in the state you represent, then I will vote for someone who will.
Thank you for your time.
-(name censored for the blog)
Now, everyone go send a letter and complain!
Violet at 3:24 PM