[Susan notes: I'm the colleague Steve mentioned. Dad's last job on his break from high school to support his family was as a grave digger. He was so reliable they offered him the job of cemetery superintendent. "I could have worn a suit," he said. This was during the Depression and a suit-wearing job was a big deal. Then he added, "But I went back for the diploma. I couldn't quit on the high school education."
To the editor
Like Peter Smagorinsky ( Opinion: Issue isnÃ¢€™t welding vs. Chaucer. Its how to remove barriers to college, Feb. 9). I also "admire people who persist through obstacles." As Smagorinksy points out, many of those who take longer than the traditional time period to finish high school, community college, or a "four-year" college need to work to support themselves and their families.
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