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Reward the truth

February 23, 2009

Re "Applying to UC? Don't fib," Feb. 18

Checking to make sure students aren't lying on their applications to the University of California is a great idea. Imagine: accountability for making statements that will bring you substantial value and advantage.

I would like to see every institution of higher learning invest in fact-checking, because the stakes are so high. There is a great cost to honest students when liars are rewarded with an admission letter.

Our legal system, our political system and our economic system depend on personal integrity. We should reward truthful students with slots at UC -- not the ones who use deceit and lies.

John Townsley

Spokane, Wash.

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