Dear Editor: I did a Jericho march on Sunday — seven times around the Capitol Square.
Many UW-Madison graduates were out being photographed by their proud parents. I congratulated them, the grads and their parents. Also congratulated them on possibly being the last class to graduate from the UW.
All but a very few of the grads knew exactly what I meant.
Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget for 2011-2013 would allow the governor to appoint the new UW-Madison board members. Walker’s board would set tuition rates, admission requirements, and educational policy.
This would kill my beloved UW-Madison as a nationally and internationally respected school, and this in turn would do much to destroy the unique, lively, urbane and humane character of my beloved Madison.
I don’t despise Walker for his dubious academic record. Many people don’t graduate from college and are none the worse for it — it took me 22 years to earn my BA. But I have plenty of other reasons to regard Walker as my enemy. For one, non-academics, particularly non-academics who are actively hostile to the life of the mind, have no business governing academic institutions.
All we’ll have left of the UW-Madison will be the big red W, and that’ll stand for “the University of Walker.”
Ted Voth Jr.