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'Squeeze on Campus'

January 18, 1987

Your editorial (Jan. 12), "Squeeze on Campus," uncovers a fundamental contradiction between the rhetoric and the actions of President Reagan.

The Great Communicator argues that he is not solely a President for the rich and powerful, but a President who will protect the rights of all classes. His proposal to enact "deep, destructive budget cuts . . . that would reduce scholarships and eliminate work-study jobs," however, offers prima-facie evidence that Reagan's true affinity lies with the wealthy.

The insidious nature of Reagan's proposal becomes evident when one realizes that if people are to compete in a service-oriented, high-tech society such as ours, a college education is indispensable.

If Reagan's plan becomes a reality, he will in effect be denying a college education to an increasing number of the poor. Since the entire country does indeed benefit "from a well-educated citizenry," I entreat our President to reconsider his stance, and to invest in our country's most precious resource: people.

DANIEL IAN McKINNON

Los Angeles

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