Mary Karen Solomon: Open letter to Al White
To the editor:
Dear Al White,
In the past, I have been a supporter of yours, but that is the past. I am appalled by the irresponsible and devastating cuts you have co-authored in the budget bill, with the intent of destroying education in Colorado, at a time when it is essential to Americans to have good, inexpensive education available.
Such slashes in the education budget would force the community college system to close colleges, and it is most likely that the community college that serves Hayden, Craig, Meeker, and Rangely - your communities - Colorado Northwestern Community College, would be one of the first to close.
Having worked at CNCC in Craig for the last 19 years, teaching the bright and talented young people who have come through our doors during that time, I feel this goes beyond poor support of your district to becoming a possible disaster for our area.
Where will the young people (and the older people, as well) of your district get education, and/or vocational training or retraining?
The rest of the cuts you are sponsoring in the education budget will ensure that the four-year colleges will have to raise tuition to the point that our children will be unable to attend them, but there will be no education available locally for them, either.
Mary Karen Solomon