Observing the behavior of Mills College students ("Quiet Riot," May 16) fills me with despair and disgust. Despair when I think of those thousands of brave and caring women around the world who regularly put their lives on the line in the battle for freedom and also who regularly fight against overwhelming odds such cruel social ills as rampant hunger, lack of medical care, and overwhelming poverty.
The real evil here is the scandalous cost of higher education in the United States--$21,000 a year for tuition, board, and room is too high to pay to any institution. If we really cared about young people in this country, college and university educations would be wholly subsidized and made available to women and men on the basis of merit.
EDMONDE A. HADDAD