Not a scoundrel

To the Editor:

You owe Bob Patton an apology. In the editorial "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" on Dec. 19, you write falsely that he "demanded" free room and board at Lyndon State College. Then you call this 72-year-old man names: "perp" and "scoundrel."

Bob did take classes at the college for free, a perk available to all Vermont citizens 65 and older. And he did live in a dorm for a semester or so, but was charged the same rate as any student. He never asked for a meal plan at the dining hall. Why would he? His residence hall had cooking facilities.

As your editorial notes, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees acted two weeks ago to limit the number of free classes 65-year-olds can take. It also barred those students from living in the residence halls without specific permission of the college president.

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