I couldn't agree more with your editorial supporting community colleges ("Living on Leftovers," Jan. 25).
While you suggest the state could begin to pay a price for its underfunding of the two-year colleges, I maintain that the state is already paying a price.
Research findings show 13% of the population in the Los Angeles Community College District's service area speak only a foreign language at home, while another 20% communicate in both English and a foreign language. Based on U.S. census figures, there are some 410,000 persons in the 18 to 54 age group in the area who speak only a foreign language at home.
While the LACCD currently enrolls some 7,000 students in English-as-a-second language classes, the number of students is expected to grow dramatically. Already, more than 40% of the district's 100,000 students identify themselves as speakers of English-as-a-second language. How are we to support the demand for courses and services for this clientele when funding is, at best, able to maintain only the status quo?