Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

April 9, 2013

Telling the truth might have prevented this

I am outraged by the story “College For Convicts? Former prisoner who lied on admission application can no longer attend ACM” reported on April 7 (Page 1A).

Being a current student at Allegany College of Maryland and having an extensive background myself, I was not denied an education at the college.

As a matter of fact I know of several students who are enrolled or who have graduated from ACM after disclosing their criminal background to the college.

I think it is really unfair that one disgruntled individual who lied on their application in the first place would go to the lengths they have by telling the public a sob story in order to get pity in a situation that could have been avoided from the start.

Like I said, I have a criminal background and it isn’t pretty, but not once was I dishonest in my applications process with the college, and they worked with me and understood my past struggles.

For someone to point blame at an institution for their own dishonesty is not being a part of the solution, it is being part of the problem.

I really hope that the report given does not cloud people’s views of the college that has welcomed myself and many others with a troubled past to an education that once was but a dream.

I mean, if Mr. Shea is so open to tell the entire city of Cumberland his story, then how did he not “pay attention” when the question was asked about his criminal background?

It doesn’t make sense, and I do not believe that his criminal background is the entire reason why he is not allowed to finish his courses at ACM.

“College For Convicts?” you ask. I say that question has already been answered.

I do not pity Mr. Shea, and neither do I believe that he is telling the whole truth.

So the real question to ask here is not “College for Convicts?” but “When is Enough, Enough?”

People cannot expect a right to a higher education, when in actuality it is a privilege, and Mr. Shea took advantage of that privilege, first by lying and then by blaming someone or something else for not getting the results he expected.

Get over it, admit you were wrong and move on, plain and simple.

Just remember, when you point the finger at someone or something else, you have three pointing back at yourself.

David Smith

Cumberland

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