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Today’s New York Times includes a story detailing a new payment plan available to people with lower incomes who are paying off student loans.
Perhaps it would be a help to you, or to someone you know. Here are a few excerpts and links:
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- New Plan Ties Reduced College Loan Payments to Income (nytimes.com)
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- New law to help in paying back college loans (cnn.com)
- Public Service Announcement for Graduating Students (meganmcardle.theatlantic.com)
- Cut Your Student Loan Payments (abcnews.go.com)
- Form for student loans will become shorter (cnn.com)
Iowa’s Sen. Tom Harkin spoke on June 18th in support of a bill that made an official government apology to black Americans for slavery in the United States, and for the government’s long failure to act against it. I am proud that one of my state’s Senators was a key mover in the apology. Every time America honestly faces the dark sides of its past, we become a better people.
Does it end racial division? Of course not. But, as with all trauma, healing only happens in small steps. Words are always part of those steps. Some may say “Talk is cheap, nothing is solved, this Senate didn’t cause slavery anyway.” But we are responsible for our history, and I’ll take an apology over official silence any day.
Today, Senator Tom Harkin delivered remarks on the Senate Floor just prior to the passage of S. Con. Res. 26, which he introduced and co-sponsored. The transcript follows.
“Madam President, the clerk just read for the first time ever in this body what we should have done a long time ago. An apology for slavery and the Jim Crow laws which, for a century after emancipation, deprived millions of Americans their basic human rights, equal justice under law and equal opportunities. Today the Senate will unanimously make that apology. Read the rest of this entry »