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Letters to the editor

College costs

Joe Battenfeld’s column  critiquing UMass President Martin (“Marty”) Meehan for voraciously squeezing large amounts of lucre out of a public educational institution, fails to notice the real financial disaster resulting from administrative costs of the nation’s public, as well as private, colleges and universities. It’s not just the salaries raked in by college presidents. The more serious problem is the sheer number of bureaucrats on the payroll.

As I wrote earlier this month (Nov. 13) in my Herald op-ed, explaining why I decided to run for a seat on Harvard’s Board of Overseers, “bureaucratic bloat” is now at the point that there are more administrators than professors on our campuses. Salaries for this huge army not only add up to an enormous expense, but this process establishes a campus culture that is inimical to the traditional goals of higher education. This is because all of these highly-paid deans and assistant deans, with nothing else to do, promulgate so-called “speech codes” and then establish the disciplinary mechanism (“kangaroo courts”) for punishing students who dare speak their minds on such controversial topics as race, gender, and politics.

Meehan’s bloated salary is the least of our problems.

Harvey Silverglate


Giving thanks

On Thanksgiving day it is so very nice to note the Editorial and Opinion sections of the Boston Herald reminding us the greatness of our nation despite the voice of discord from a few who fail to appreciate its enduring values.

The editorial in the Boston Herald correctly praises the virtues of capitalism though there is constant a constant drum beat of “equity and redistribution” on the part of some of the elected officials. Those who clamor for it fail to appreciate the fact that redistribution of wealth is nothing but robbing Peter to pay Paul. It neither creates the wealth of a nation nor does it kindle the entrepreneurial spirit of its citizens. Mr. Bono’s observation captured in the editorial is flawless.

Mr. Rasheed Walters in his column in the Boston Herald  Nov 24 is to be commended for pinpointing the greatness of our nation and zeroing in on the root causes of those (mostly the Gen Z and Millennial generations) who, in general, tend to
criticize it as racist and evil. Such remarks are not only nauseating but totally out of place. I wish to add to his observation for the lack of appreciation of the greatness of our nation on the part of Gen Z and Millennials to the sudden growth of social media and their lack of exposure to the outside world where individual freedoms and the right to express oneself are either non-existent or a real luxury. His conclusion that “restoring America’s greatness begins with being thankful” on Thanksgiving day is timely.

Pichai Gopal


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