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Letter: Lawmakers must do more to help out middle class

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Note: The statements, views, and opinions contained in this letter to the editor are those of the author and are not endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect, the opinions of Daily Journal.

This letter is in response to Ed Woods’ letter to me on Feb. 10.

No, I am not a high school student. I am a 24-year-old adult who has been paying taxes since I was 16 years old. (That’s eight years — yes, I know how to count too.)

I have made mistakes in my life but those are mine. I am currently going to school at one of those low-cost schools you made mention of because I finally don’t have to claim my parents’ income on my FAFSA (in case you don’t know, that’s how you file for any kind of aid whether it be loans or grants: it is the same form and is used to determine your eligibility for scholarships, student loans AND/OR grants).

As for blaming my parents, you seemed to have misunderstood.

My parents have done absolutely everything they could for me, and I appreciate all three of them for the sacrifices they made.

They couldn’t afford to send their adult child to college, and their income disqualified me from anything at all because my estimated family contribution was 100 percent.

It was and still is a system of red tape hurting the children of middle class families out of higher education.

As for the health care system, at age 24 I am at least $40,000 in debt to hospitals because of a genetic disorder that I didn’t ask for.

Have you ever bled profusely for three weeks straight with pain emanating from your stomach and been told to take an ibuprofen because you don’t have health insurance and owe the hospital money? It’s better to them for social Darwinism to prevail and allow the survival of the fittest/wealthiest.

I was not personally attacking anyone in my letter but you, sir, made this personal. I merely stated facts, including the fact that Mitt Romney pays 8 percent tax because he lives off the interest of his investments.

That’s public record and in no way demeaning to him.

I wish we were all so lucky to have the money to make money.

As for my political standing, it’s none of your business, just like it’s none of my business that you are misinformed and personally attacking people.

By the way, Obamacare was based on a Republican plan, but as soon as Obama backed it, Republicans dropped it like it’s hot.

Jessica Anne Frazer


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