Letters to the Editor
I offer some novel ideas for our new Governor
It was not too many years ago that the anti-tax front (maybe the Independence Institute — I don’t recall since my short term memory is failing) proposed to solve the last budget crisis by selling off all the “excess” state supported colleges. The proposal made a logical — if not politically acceptable — argument that the sales would not only provide an infusion of needed cash to the general fund, but would also greatly improve the level of higher education in the state by making the state’s dead-wood gathering institutions subject to entrepreneurial rejuvenation.
It seems just the kind of suggestion that our new Brew-Meister Governor would love to bi-partisanly consider since everything is on the table. Naturally, those things that he sees from the public become less and less as his worn-out cliche about the waterfall of information starts filtering through all those “helpers” with whom he debates about their titles, and I guess — their pay levels. Hey — we know it’s a tough job. Get past the parking meters and snowplows! Please get a speech teacher or Toastmaster Club to break you of the “you-know” filler when you try to speak non-stop! Do you tell a pub patron “you-know” whilst pulling a pint?
I have my own agenda that I would like to babble about, socialist though I am. I would indeed transfer all but two institutions of higher learning (i.e. post high school) to the highest bidders be they private sector or local governments. The two to be retained are the state university at Boulder which would be required to shed its branches, and the Land Grant School at Fort Collins and — in recognition of agriculture in the southern part of the state — its branch in Pueblo.
Because of the long standing treaty requirements surrounding the relationship with the Native American Nations, Fort Lewis College would be automatically transferred to the Southern Ute Nation to be held in trust for all Native Americans. There is a federal law that covers that. BTW, I consider the school’s discontinuation of an agricultural major to be a treaty violation and an illegal action under its charter. It has to provide a major course of study in “agriculture” for Native Americans.
All the other institutions and facilities should be put up for auction to the highest bidder with the limitation that responsible, representative local government units (e.g. not the Town of Lakeside) would be preferred bidders as they undertake to relieve the state of any responsibility for financial support of the physical plant and all its other fiscal\financial liabilities.
Personally, I would love to see “Western State College” converted to “Colorado Military Academy” which would grant a dual Bachelor’s degree and Mountain Infantry Lieutenant’s Commission based on practical skills in skiing and mountaineering. The idiots at Ft. Carson want to go race their tanks around in SE Colorado, while the 10th Mountain (so called) Division languishes at Ft. Drum New York. What a joke. Colorado with the highest altitude and serious mountains is a good armor-training place whilst New York has the best mountains for training. What basement level of the Pentagon excreted that?