I’ve read a few letters to the editor concerning the question of what unites Americans. The most recent was from Robert D. Lyons, who criticized Duane Pitts for stating what Lyons sees as “Democratic Party talking points.” I won’t address all of Lyons’ points, some of which I think make a lot of sense, but three stand out to me.
Lyons asks whether Pitts has ever worked for a poor person. I’m employed at Big Bend Community College and work for around 4,000 people – all students, and none of whom I would consider to be rich. Big Bend Community College serves students who otherwise would not be able to get a college education. We are a shining example of how the values that Pitts described in his letter – supporting those who need support, helping to fight inequities in opportunity, and ensuring that this country has the highest possible level of education – serve to build a robust economy and a better future for America.
Another two points Lyons brings up are his objection to tuition-free access to colleges, and the need to secure our borders. I disagree. I think America has always been united in the belief in “access.” We try to include rather than create borders. Again, I’m proud of Big Bend for eliminating borders and boundaries when it comes to education, but I agree with Pitts that Washington state can do more to make college more accessible to those who can’t afford it.