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Thu., Nov. 21, 2013, 8:52 a.m.

Carlson: Will New UI Prez Be Brave?

Open letter to new UIdaho president Chuck Staben (pictured): As a strong supporter of the University of Idaho and its flagship, land grant, national research status within the state, allow me to give you a conditional welcome to the great state. Why “conditional” you may ask?  Because you must understand you have been hired by an impotent board that has not for years served as the advocate for higher education it should.  It is a board that has stood by idly as the budget for higher education has been eviscerated by a governor and a legislature that by their actions demonstrate they just don’t get nor appreciate the proper role education plays in securing a decent future for Idaho’s children as the driver of a thriving economy/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicle. More here.

Question: Do you believe, as Chris Carlson does, that the Idaho Board of Education has sat idly by while the Otter administration and Idaho Legislature has eviscerated budgets for higher education?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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