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Vouchers a gift to the rich?

Last Thursday night I attended a debate in which Dan Earley, a spokesperson for Parents for Choice in Education, was asked the question, "If vouchers are really meant to help poor and underprivileged children, why does the legislation provide $500 private-school vouchers for children of millionaires?"

His response was that rich people have never asked for vouchers and they certainly don't need them to send their children to private schools. He then added that the voucher was just a way of saying thank you to those rich people for not sending their children to our overcrowded public schools.

I don't know how you feel, but if some members of the state Legislature want to thank rich people, I'd like to suggest they send a simple "thank-you" note.

Linda Morgan