“Time for some basic ethics training in medical school.
Respectful behavior should be basic, obviously, it isn't.”
synergie on Dec 9, 2013 at 13:29:53
“What does this have to do with his medical training? He wasn't there in a professional capacity, he was actually acting out the type of behavior one finds on college campuses, with people posting pictures of their drunken friends.”
“I'm really stunned by that, but I do remember when home mortgages were at that rate. If you're still paying that off, it sounds like you might have better luck getting a low-rate credit card, and putting it on that.”
“Cars start to lose value the second they're driven off the lot.
If you graduated in 2002 you were probably able to consolidate your loans at about 3%. That was a taxpayer-subsidized rate. Even so, your earnings with a college degree and grad school are likely much greater than they would be without those degrees, so we taxpayers will likely get a good ROI on that investment. We also benefit in ways that are harder to measure, such as increased odds that you'll make an important contribution to society. Those statements apply to last years grads, as well, but instead of subsidizing the interest on their loans, we're taking a profit from it - federal loans for last year's grads couldn't be consolidated for under 7.85%.”
“Right now the government is giving banks loans at close to zero percent interest. Student loans to students and their parents were 8 %. Loans to buy or refinance a house are at about 4%, and just a year ago were at 3.5 percent. Car loans were at under 2%. Who do we as taxpayers want to help out - big banks, buyers of mega-houses, buyers of new cars, or students getting an education?”
Mark4President on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:33:03
“Loans to big banks are close to zero because they are extremely short term with an extremely high probability to be paid back.
House and car loans are cheap because if you default the bank can take your house and car and sell it to recoup losses. They can't exactly take back an education when somebody defaults right?
Riskier longer term loans require higher interest rates. Makes sense right?”
“I also paid my own way through college and two graduate schools by working (including one year working full time while a carried a full course load) and student loans, but I did it with student loans that had low interest rates. When I went to school (same for you, perhaps?), student loan rates were CHEAPER than car loan rates and mortgage rates. Since interest rates vary over time, I'm using those as point of comparison, not to say that you need a car and house right away.”
Mark4President on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:05:25
“I graduated undergrad in 2002, graduated grad school in 2009. Not really sure if things have gotten as bad as people make them out to be since then. I've never bought a new car and bought used cars with cash so I'm not sure about car loan rates. I just sense an under currrent of wanting something for nothing from a lot of these student loan articles.”
Our method of financing education is pushing our students further and further behind in the global economy. It's also creating more and more income and wealth inequality, when it should be the path to less.
Students in most developed countries go to university for free, and in many also receive a stipend.
Here in the States, parents who take out parent loans to help their children pay a 6-8% interest rate. Those who have enough home equity can do that for 4 percent a year. Pretty easy to see whose kids can get more of a helping hand.”
bzimmerman on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:12:33
“My student loan was at 24% interest, compounded daily, I am 64, and will never get out from under the cost of a trade school that didn't teach me a viable trade!”
goleafsgo on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:03:19
“I am with you on free university.”
Mark4President on Dec 6, 2013 at 10:54:55
“I think it is good to pay for higher education. Weeds out the lazy and makes sure only people that really want it attend.
I took out loans for undergraduate and graduate school and managed to pay them off in 5 years. It took sacrifice sure but guess what you don't need a new car or a house right away after school”
“Since Brown's also been "considering" a run for VP, so let's hope he takes his own advice. Ask him what legislation he actually got passed in all the years he was in the Massachusetts House and Senate. Ask him what legislation he actually got passed while he was in Congress.
Don't forget to look at what he TRIED to get passed, for example, allowing doctors and nurses to withhold information about emergency contraception for rape victims, if the docs didn't "believe" in it. Just imagine being a 17 year old rape victim, finding out that you're pregnant from the rape, and that the pregnancy could have been prevented by the doctors and nurses who told you they were doing all they could do for you. The fact that his bill didn't pass doesn't make it "not count."
This guy is not harmless, if he gets in a position of power again, he could do some real damage.”
“Hope you're right.
Wall Street money can work wonders. Keep in mind that Obama beat Romney in Mass. by about 2 to 1, but Warren only won over Brown by about 6%. That means lots of folks voted for Obama and Brown.”
Tar Heel Bill 92 on Dec 5, 2013 at 18:31:36
“MHT73, keep in mind that despite Wall Street funding Brown like few others to prevent a possible Elizabeth Warren--the most despised candidate in recent history by Wall Street, after all--he still lost to Warren. Wall Street can fund the candidates, but it also is getting easier and easier for more and more people to realize the truth about the GOP candidates. In a more progressive area like New England, even in more rural New Hampshire, the same crap that sustains the GOP elsewhere doesn't tend to work. Also, the same arguments against Brown from 2012 were well advertised in New Hampshire, too.”
“I watched the trial, too, and am astonished that so many readers came away with the conclusion that Woodward was innocent, or that the parents were somehow to blame for trusting a baby with her. Everything about her testimony screamed Borderline Personality Disorder. Let's hope she's not the only one watching out for her baby.”
lenuk on Dec 2, 2013 at 17:04:58
“Well, I'm astonished that anyone who watched the trial came away with the idea that she was guilty, considering the lack of any evidence.
Although found guilty by the jury, it is noticeable that judge only sentenced her to the 279 days "time served".”
nwbl on Dec 2, 2013 at 16:52:28
“I'm not so sure about the BPD diagnosis but alo evidence pointed to her as the killer.”
Rachel Alicea on Dec 2, 2013 at 16:22:51
“It was so long ago, I don't remember that. I'll have to look it up again.”
“AG Holder has to decide whether the US Attorney PURSUES the death penalty for Tsarnaev. He doesn't decide whether he gets it.
Personally, I prefer to see him sit in prison for 70 or 80 years. Put to death, there'll always be conspiracy theorists coming up with bizarre ideas about why this "poor boy" was framed.”
Alexis de Tocqueville on Dec 2, 2013 at 18:06:15
“I don't like paying all that money to take care of him...”
Noneofyour Bizniz on Dec 2, 2013 at 15:32:08
“And we would like to send you the grocery and hotel bill for that 70 or 80 year stay. I'm not willing to pay for it. If he's not fit to be among the rest of us, why make him a really expensive private zoo animal?”
“Yes, and just one addition - I try to do my shopping at local, small, brick and mortar businesses. Just for starters, I know the money isn't going straight into the Waltons' overstuffed bank accounts. It's going to people who are going to pay taxes locally; support the same police, firefighters and teachers I do, and treat their employees right.”
dutch163 on Dec 1, 2013 at 08:42:40
“and a great addition it is! I agree! in fact I was out yesterday for "small business Saturday" to support local business...
and I just got off Facebook where my daughter's friend started a page to promote businesses in our county
whenever possible, we shop locally!”