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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What are Robert J. Birgeneau and Frank D. Yeary thinking ["Rescuing Our Public Universities," op-ed, Sept. 27]? The federal government is nearly $12 trillion in debt, and they want it to spend how many more billions in unrestricted grants to "a limited number of our great public research and teaching universities" for "basic operating support"?

This sounds like little more than a plea for taxpayers across the country to pony up more money for the University of California at Berkeley. If California taxpayers, parents of students and private-sector donors won't pay the bills, perhaps Mr. Birgeneau and Mr. Yeary should cut spending instead.

CHARLES M. WATKINS

Arlington


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