In the rush to praise the notion of free community colleges, I wonder if enough thought has been given to a significant problem that might be created.

I see no reason why students trying to minimize their debt would not flock to the community colleges to do their first two years, emptying out the freshman and sophomore classes at the four-year state universities. Why would anyone pay tuition for two years of higher education that could otherwise be had for free?

Our state universities would have to make very serious adjustments if they were facing a massive student drain in the first two years of their classes.

Lary Shaffer

Scarborough