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Editorial: Opinion roundup (May 26,2014)

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Out-of-state tuition unfair to ‘illegals’

Kokomo Tribune

Indiana ought to rethink a 2011 law requiring students to verify citizenship in order to qualify for in-state tuition at state-supported colleges and universities.

The law might appeal to those who view such students as “illegals,” but it isn’t fair to hundreds of Indiana residents pursuing the American dream.

One of the Indiana law’s sponsors was Republican Rep. Mike Karickhoff of Kokomo. He describes the measure as a matter of fairness. He thinks it’s unfair to have students who are not legal residents paying tuition at the same level as state taxpayers.


This is all about the American dream. It’s about the children of people who came to this country in search of a better life for themselves and their offspring.

It’s a frustration Karla Fernandez knows all too well. The Ben Davis High School senior class president and honor student plans to attend Ball State to study telecommunications and international business this fall, WTHR-TV reported last week. But because her parents moved to Indiana from Mexico illegally when she was 3 years old, she faces a $30,000 out-of-state tuition bill.

While immigration reform doesn’t appear to be a priority with the U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana should be looking for ways to help Fernandez and others like her achieve their dreams.

Racism, sexism need different prism

The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey)

Now and then, we choose the most convenient prism through which to view our most serious social problems, however superficially, because it comes packaged in equal doses of celebrity and infamy.

There is fresh dialogue about racism and sexism, spilling into the mainstream media with an inadvertent shove from Donald Sterling and Jill Abramson, but to discuss either as a cause celebré is to trivialize the real issues.

Abramson, a journalist as subtle as a blowtorch, was accused of unspecified acts of brusque behavior, committed among the princely hierarchy at The New York Times. But the theme that had the most traction was an unsubstantiated claim involving a lower salary than the one earned by her predecessor.

Indeed, Abramson might be a sympathetic figure. But gender justice isn’t so much about an executive making $450,000 as it is about pay equity in America, an issue that was muted the moment the U.S. Senate blocked a vote last month, and about having the worst maternity leave policy in the world.

Theologian Paul Tillich said if we don’t develop a keener eye for racism or sexism or homophobia, and address them only when the news cycle gives us no other choice, we’re mistaking moralism for morality.

Space station stuck in middle of spat    

Sun Herald (Biloxi, Mississippi)

If you want to see the price of our dysfunctional government, just look up — toward the International Space Station.

It once was a symbol of international cooperation but it is now caught in a web of intrigue that threatens its existence. The United States, having shut down the space shuttle, the only craft it had capable of bringing astronauts to and from the space station, is now at the mercy of Russia, which is taking advantage of that situation.

We have a single seat on each flight of a Russian craft — at a cost of $71 million per trip. Only one-third of the crew at the station at any given time is American, even though the U.S. paid for most of the station’s $140 billion price tag.

Congress balked and underfunded a commercial program, which means the first flight will be in 2017, not 2015 as President Barack Obama envisioned. Not the best solution but a workable plan — until Russia annexed Crimea.

In the tit-for-tat that followed, the Russians threatened to pull the plug on the Space Station by 2020. That would seem to make it even more urgent to get these commercial flights as soon as possible.

We shouldn’t be playing politics with an investment of more than $100 billion.

NFL not to blame in ‘pain-killer’ suit

Cincinnati Enquirer

As satisfying as it can be to watch the NFL squirm while arrogantly pursuing world domination, it’s not the league’s fault that some of its former players were given what they say were illegal, pain-killing narcotics. Because ultimately, all of us have control over our own bodies.

Even football players.

A group of retired players has sued the NFL, claiming the league fed them “pain-killers” knowing the long-term health risks.

The group’s point man is none other than former Bears “punky” quarterback Jim McMahon, who glorified himself by wrecking his body and enjoying it. Maybe he’s not the right guy to be front and center in a suit such as this.

McMahon threw himself around a football field. He played quarterback like a linebacker and was proud of that. According to the lawsuit, it’s the league’s fault.

McMahon disregarded his own body, for the sake of the game, and his own image.

That’s not on the league.

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