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Letters to the Editor, June 16, 2013

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Updated: July 17, 2013 6:05AM



IU’s actions show school is not concerned about tuition

As an Indiana citizen, I watch my fellow Hoosiers entwined in the economic clutches of bureaucratic officials who go home every night with another bag of money drained from the wallets of our own communities. Too many governments and organizations have been destroyed because their so-called leaders have tried to benefit personally. Indiana University President Michael McRobbie stated in his 2012 address, “I want to make it clear that we have heard and share the public’s concerns over college affordability.”

If McRobbie is truly concerned about college affordability why has he continually accepted extravagant pay increases? According to the IU Salary Database, during the 2007-2008 school year McRobbie made $400,000. For the 2008-2009 school year McRobbie made $425,000. And now during the 2012-2013 school year McRobbie is making a tax- and tuition-based $544,848.00 a year salary. Comparatively, the President of the United States makes $400,000. But it’s not just the university president being granted lavish tuition and tax funded pay increases. Professors throughout the IU system are receiving thousands of dollars in salary raises every year.

According to CollegeCalc.Org, in 2000 the undergraduate in-state tuition rate for IU Bloomington was $4,212. By 2010, the tuition had doubled to $8,613. Presently, the average loan debt for an IUB graduate is $27,752. Author and renowned financial advisor Peter Schiff has explained that universities have been able to raise tuition substantially because of federally backed student loans, which place more of the repayment burden on the taxpayer. Schiff stated, “As a result, colleges and universities are freed from competitive forces that would otherwise keep tuition low.”

A state- funded school should be cutting and freezing salaries during economic hard times. During the recession Gov. Mitch Daniels ordered $150 million in cuts from the state’s higher education fund, but as these cuts take hold many public Indiana University officials continue to receive excessive pay increases.

Clarence Leatherbury

Indianapolis

Columnist an embarrassment for immigration opinions

We real Americans are sick and tired of listening to that stupid Ester Cepeda whining and crying about all of these worthless undocumented illegal kids that should all be deported with all of their family members. Because they are not are the problem. Their family members came in to our country illegally. And think if they hold marches and demand citizenship that we get it. But what do we pay these stupid people in Washington for. They’re just too lazy to do their job we pay them to do. Just deport all of them. Esther Cepeda keeps showing she is not a real American. She is becoming to be an embarrassment to this great country. No real American cares if these kids and their family get deported. They think if they go to our schools or colleges, that will make them American. Wrong. Just deport all of them.

Randall V. Schmidt

Portage



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