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Letter: Community college plan could cost us

President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn

President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, before his departure on Marine One to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Obama traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., where he announced a proposal to make community college free. Credit: AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Newsday has reported on President Barack Obama's plan for "free" education ["Obama plan for free community college," News, Jan. 10]. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Taxpayers will have to pay for this proposed entitlement. I wonder whether the president believes that government funding is always "free"? Taxpayers are already on the hook for delinquent repayment of student loans and Pell grants.

Arthur Lawrence, St. James

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