AARP isn't to blame for higher ed failures

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Regarding the March 3 Forum article "A Case of Generational Theft: The Old Are Prospering at the Expense of the Young, and One Culprit Is AARP": My $16 per year to be a member of AARP provides me the benefit of its extraordinarily successful efforts to preserve my Social Security and Medicare benefits, which my employers and I paid for over my 45-year business career. There are dozens of other benefits; my membership is, in my opinion, an excellent bargain.

According to professor James B. Burnham, younger household incomes are declining and the problem is exacerbated by having to pay off "a staggering level of college or graduate school debt" (undergraduate tuition at Duquesne is currently $27,668 to $41,568 per year; graduate tuition is additional).

Rather than ranting about the success of AARP and trying to fan the flames of a mythical generational issue, it seems to me that his time would be better spent contacting businesses to determine their needs and interacting with Duquesne University graduates who are either underemployed or unemployed to determine where the (expensive) educational process failed to provide them with the skills that would enable them to command better salaries and wages upon entering the work force.

BILL McNEILL
Ross


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