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Don’t forget academics

Dear Editor:

Reading community comments on the Given, I was struck by how self-absorbed we can sound. Not a single person mentioned how far $15 million could go toward educating Colorado students during these tough economic times.

Unlike primary school education, higher education is a discretionary state budget item. When state revenues shrank, the legislators had no choice but to cut funding to state colleges.

So instead of focusing on our usual minutia, like how many trees are cut, maybe the conversation could focus on how CU spends the $15 million if Aspen gives the buyer a little leeway. My suggestions: increase the availability of overcrowded, oversubscribed pre-requisite classes, so kids can graduate in three to four years instead of five. Or develop affordable online degrees to help students work or live at home while getting an education.

It is lovely that we protect our community, but sometimes, the cause is bigger than “about us.” Mrs. Paepcke gave this land to the state’s university and the thousands of Colorado residents they educate. My guess is she is pleased a nest egg was available when CU and their student body needed it most.

Shellie Roy

Aspen


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