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October 20, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Until debt do us part

I found the article in Monday’s Sun, “Many over 50 are still saddled with student loans,” very sad personally.

I suffered a small stroke 10 years ago and was forced by my employer into “retirement,” saying health prevented me from doing my job. I was given short-term disability until age 65 and then switched to my Social Security.

I am now in my 70s and loan repayments take money from my Social Security each month and apparently will until I die. I’ve been told that if I don’t like it I should go get a job to be better able to make the payments — as though someone is going to hire a disabled man in his 70s.

The whole system is a joke with interest so high that the balance keeps getting larger and making it so the large majority of loans can never be repaid. Obviously, I did not plan on health problems and associated expenses.

But now, the loans will just keep haunting us until we finally die.

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