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Education is a right and not a privilege

Dear Editor:

I would be most disagreeable in your “real world” of intolerance. In response to your article entitled “The liberal hippies at Berkeley need to look at the big picture…” I was shocked and appalled by the lack of compassion.

In my opinion, the hippies aren’t the only ones who need to look at the “big picture”. I believe that a convicted “druggie”, as you choose to call them, might actually be someone in need just as much as anyone else on this planet.

In fact, they might need more help than your “real life is tough” puritan based dogma will ever allow.

By recognizing that many economically less fortunate students often have histories related to drugs, it is my view that Berkeley continues to be at the forefront of social justice allowing opportunities to obtain higher education for individuals from all walks of life.

It was said by a very prominent French leader that, “After bread, Education is the first need of the people.” Without access to education, our world can only continue to suffer from phenomenon like substance abuse.

It is in my belief, and a belief held by many others, that education is a right and not a privilege.

Jason Araujo
SDCC Student

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Former editor proud of progress

Dear Editor:

As a previous Editor of The City Times from the 90’s…It’s really good to see the technological progress occuring with the paper…I wish you all well! Take care…P.S. Can’t wait to see my papers archived online also!

Stephanie Hencley
Former City Times editor

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