The June 12 edition contained a wire service dispatch from Washington, headlined “Senate Republicans block student loan refinancing bill.” The vote was 56-38, not meeting the 60 votes needed to advance the bill to debate. The bill would allow student loans to be refinanced at lower rates.

Were the conservatives expected to support another spending bill? The article did not explain the reasons for the opposition to this measure, but implied there was concern for a tax burden on people reporting more than $1 million of income. It was not noted that six senators did not vote.

The headline was accusatory of the Republicans. Why were the six absent senators not responsible for this bill’s failure? Which party were they in?

The article’s construction clearly indicates a partisan position of the Press Herald. Quality journalism was missing.

Thomas F. Shields