Letters to the Editor – May 23
Silver & Gold Record
Follow the Money Trail
The University of Colorado Board of Regents has voted to close the Silver & Gold Record, citing its $600,000 annual operating budget. This action will terminate the university’s system-wide newspaper after almost 40 years of continuous operation, in spite of strong objections by representative faculty and staff institutions.
Many in the university community are skeptical of the motivations behind this action. They believe that it weakens an important means of uniting disparate campuses in widely separate physical locations. Moreover, it narrows freedom of speech and freedom of information, as well as the practices of shared governance, which were largely ignored.
An important question is whether there were other areas where cuts might have been made. CU could justify its actions and respond to such concerns quite simply by allowing the public to see with its own eyes that there were no other reasonable sources of financing. It could increase its transparency and accountability. It could open all of its financial accounts to allow free online public inspection of public funds. Is it time to follow the money?
FRANCIS A. BEER
Professor Emeritus, Political
Science, University of Colorado