BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It’s a complaint we hear often – why does the media always dwell on the bad news?
It’s a fair comment.
A hundred thousand airplanes landing safely doesn’t make the news – the one that skids off the runway does.
But I’m happy to report that one of the biggest news stories of this past weekend was also one of the most positive.
Robert Smith, the billionaire investor who was commencement speaker yesterday at Atlanta’s Morehouse College, stunned the 400 graduating seniors by announcing he is personally paying off all their student loans, at a cost of about $40 million.
“We’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus,” he told the graduates. “Pay it forward.”
Watch as Robert F. Smith announce he will pay student loan debt for entire Morehouse College class of 2019
Obviously, this is a huge break for the students, who are now relieved of a crushing debt burden.
You can imagine the positive repercussions within their own families and for countless others they are inspired to help in turn.
Mr. Smith has also set a philanthropic standard that other wealthy people and corporations can and should try to meet.
And hopefully, his gift shames policymakers into doing a better job of making educational opportunity available and affordable.
I hope there’s an enterprising filmmaker who follows the Morehouse Class of 2019 to document the impact of this generosity.
What they find might inspire many others to do more to help build a better country without waiting for others to do it.
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