A pile of kindling soaked with gasoline lying on the ground in full view of everyone that no one has lit on fire.
That’s the apt metaphor The Roanoke Times used this week to describe what they called a “curious political missed opportunity for somebody,” particularly for the six people vying to be Virginia’s next governor.
“Why haven’t any of them tried to mount a populist campaign against rising college tuition?” the editorial, which you can read in its entirety here, asked.
The Roanoke Times cited as supporting evidence that this is a platform worth campaigning on given that “Virginia’s average state-supported college tuition is now the sixth-highest in the country. There are lots of rankings where we want to be in the Top Ten. That’s not one of them.”
In addition, in the last 10 years alone, prices measured by the consumer price index have gone up 18 percent while tuition and fees at state-supported Virginia colleges and universities have jumped up 74 percent.
“Why aren’t people marching in the streets? Or, if that’s a little too revolutionary, why aren’t Virginia’s politicians trying to do something about it?”