Recent Opeds & Letters to the Editor

Cap on Debit Card Fees Will Hurt Consumers

RE “AS banks search for revenue, the rules of the game get tougher for consumers’’ (Business, June 14): This article points out several real changes consumers can expect from the new debit card fee cap, but the reality could be far worse for consumers with less-than-perfect credit.

Bachmann’s voucher idea benefits foster kids

Mysteries provide good reading, but they’re best in left out of columns about serious issues like foster care. It is totally mystifying how Family Forum columnist Andrea Poe could conclude that the proposal of Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, to offer private-school vouchers to foster children would bring “instability” to these children’s lives.

Privatizing Not the Entire Answer, Tough Choices Are

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty has gotten a lot of flack from liberals and conservatives alike for his proposal that the nation cut government through what he calls the “Google test.” In a Chicago speech earlier this month, the former Minnesota governor put it this way: “If you can find a good or service on the Internet, then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it.”

'Learning Challenge' is Just More Federal Waste in the Making

Though the U.S. Department of Education rolled out its "Early Learning Challenge" on May 25, it's not too early to predict failure -- likely little or no boost for tots working on their ABCs, and surely a waste of $500 million extracted from taxpayers. The program, part of the next phase of President Barack Obama's Race to the Top plan, works like its progenitor: To win some of this kickback of federal taxpayer money, states promise great deeds from early education and childcare programs (pre-K to third grade).