Sunday, March 26, 2017

ouch/oops article

I was very pleased to read your article and particularly pleased that the Star chose to put in in large print on the front page. I was made aware as you were by listening to the morning talk show as I was driving. My take is twofold; 1- This is a microcosm of what is happening all over America in our Universities. I read where Berkeley spends in the millions. Mr. Trevino’s salary of $214,000 is just the tip. If you are truly interested I suggest you find out the staffing of this new department and the total cost projected. The University feels this is justified while at the same time requesting a large increase in tuition. 2- I will not take the space to list out the many categories as you put in your article. Don’t you believe that by creating all of these different groups that you are fomenting hatred and division, putting one group against another? You went to college and so did I. I went there to learn what I needed for my hoped for career as an engineer. The courses I took were all to prepare me. I took no interest in other activities. After school I studied and worked jobs to help pay my way thru. All of this new activity gets in the way of learning in my way of thinking. How are we ever to come together as a people if we keep dividing us this way? I will admit I am white and went to college in the forties after the war. Perhaps I was just one of those lucky people but I want to state I worked hard for anything I achieved. I never felt of myself as being privileged. Prior to the GI Bill of Rights only the sons of Doctors and lawyers went to college. FDR changed all that for which I am still grateful. We transformed the country and created a golden age that lasted until the mid-70’s. Jack B. Walters March 26, 2017

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