Adam Rubin, Special to Standard Examiner

“Yeah. Well, that’s a lot of money; you know, people are struggling. People who have a lot of student debt don’t usually do very well economically because of it. … I am in college right now; I am in OWATC. I have no student debt. But if I did, I think my life would be better right now. —Evan Olliander, Ogden

“At the moment, I don’t have very pleasant thoughts on this bill, to say the least. I myself have not taken out any student loans. I understand how serious student loans are and how difficult it is to get out of them; but, I mean, no one has forced anyone to take out student loans, it’s not a prerequisite for going to college. I just think it’s an unnecessary burden on taxpayers to have them. — Joel Penrod, Pleasant View

“Although I’m more conservative, I support this because of the opportunities it gives people – especially because of the opportunities it gives people. … I don’t think that’s necessarily fair, I don’t think a lot of things the government does are fair, like I’ve worked really hard to get a full turn here at Weber State University, but I’m going to medical school here next year and I don’t have scholarships for that… For kids who don’t have the same opportunity, or first-generation college students, it’s so much harder; so, I think it’s something that should be done. — Hunter Branch, Layton

“I know for myself, even if it comes from a privileged place, it’s just enough for what I needed. Solvency there, I don’t know if there’s a good answer there, I don’t am not an economist — i think this is a good decision, a step in the right direction, but in no way do i think this should be the final step, or presented in any way as the final step …I think getting to the root of the matter, looking at college tuition versus the cost of living, college tuition is insurmountably higher. by more than a thousand percent…I think we need to take steps to make college more affordable.—Akir Rowe, Ogden

“I think it would help students or former students who have a lot of student debt. This will obviously relieve some of their payment stress that they are very worried about each, but I’m afraid it won’t help with the recession. I think if the government continues to help everyone, the value of the dollar will go down. Moreover, we already have enough taxes; they take enough of our money as is. —Crystal Terry, Ogden

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