On I-75 just outside I-285, there are eight lanes north and eight lanes south with an HOV lane being constructed; there is no north-south bike path. An eight-foot wide pedestrian/bike path traveling past the new Braves stadium would be a gem.
DAVID EASTON, MARIETTA
Target predatory for-profit colleges
The for-profit education student debt situation is starting to look a lot like the recent mortgage crisis. Corinthian College, a large chain of institutions, has bilked U.S. taxpayers of as much as $3.6 billion in student aid money (as well as millions more in GI Bill funds) while causing untold misery to many of our most vulnerable citizens. And it doesn’t look like anyone who reaped the huge profits from this fraudulent enterprise will be held accountable or go to jail.
Meanwhile, the for-profit education sector continues to spend millions on lobbyists to oppose regulations, and Congress refuses to even consider closing some of the loopholes — including one that encourages the schools to exploit our veterans — that allow the fraud to continue. The predatory practices of these companies seem to have a lot in common with those of the subprime mortgage sector: getting vulnerable people into debt they can never afford to pay back for a product that has very little market value. And as with the 2008 financial crisis, taxpayers have to fund a huge bailout for a situation created in a regulatory and accountability vacuum.
KATHLEEN BURK, ATLANTA