I'm old enough to remember what China, Vietnam, etc called education. They called them re-education camps, where they would send you to get your head straight or else.

Our supreme leaders in New York state got us free SUNY education. It is a little too late for me or our sons. In about five years, two of our grandchildren could use it. I don't think they will get the chance at it, either. They are too independent and self-reliant, so there will be too many in line ahead of them.

Free college ought to work as well as our public school system; we have schools that have a 50 percent graduation rate after they cook the books. They are run by administrators who make a salary that would make the private sector blush.

Adjunct professor George Payne wrote a recent essay in the Messenger. It seems he is against war and violence — aren't we all ? He is the founder of Gandhi Earth Keepers International. He stated he wouldn't put his newborn son over the four children killed on a military air base stocked with chemical weapons. I can only hope professor Payne will put his son up for adoption before he sends him out to play on a military air base in a time of war.

It is my opinion that adjunct professor Payne is setting up a nice little racket— if you don't donate to his tax-exempt organization, you could have snowflakes running around your lawn or business for extra credit.

You get what you pay for, and pretty soon a SUNY diploma will be worth as much as that participation trophy you got for using the potty like a big kid.

Alfred Cooper

Middlesex