Not supporting UCC expansion
In the July 13 editorial titled “UCC funding,” the editors of The News-Review were insisting that we, the taxpayers, must support Umpqua Community College’s expansion program. Of course it would be wonderful for the community to have a growing community college.
But I think the editors, and also the trustees, forget that the community is made up of people — hard-working, tax-paying people — who only have so much money with which they can pay extra taxes. Most of us do not have the luxury of telling those who have hired us (for the trustees, it is the taxpayers) that we need to be paid more than we are, and then expect it to happen. The editors make it sound so easy to just demand that we support UCC!
I received an excellent education at my community college in another locale, but that college has extensive evening classes, which is the only reason I was able to attend. That community college has more students in its evening programs than in its day programs. That’s because the evening programs make it possible for so many who can’t go to school during the daytime to attend college and improve their lives on a schedule that meets their needs.
In order for people to want to support a local college, that college must first meet the needs of the local citizens. I have heard from so many that the lack of a true evening program is one of the main reasons for their lack of support. The editors of The News-Review might consider telling the trustees of UCC that they must first support their community and to support their own community’s needs by expanding its evening programs.