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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Students: Protest tuition increase


Pima Community College administrators, unfortunately with the support of the Board of Governors and faculty, are incompetent with a focus on their own aggrandizement at the expense of PCC students.

Witness the recent increase in student tuition to support a financially bloated administration and faculty, notwithstanding a 30-plus percent decline in student enrollment within the past six years.
PCC students: You are being played as pawns! Pima Community College belongs to the residents of Pima County … that means you!
Take it back … Go on strike!

Francis P. Saitta, Ph.D.

Former PCC instructor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Opinion page holds common theme

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Opinion page holds common theme

In response to the thoughtful Opinion page in the April 10-23 edition of the Aztec Press:

Mr. Del Grande makes the real point that Americans too often fail to note the events of genocide historically and worldwide.

We are too content within our comforts to take serious the deaths of huge numbers “elsewhere,” but the world is becoming so small that such events effect everyone.

Ms. Graham forcefully brings to our attention that “hate” is most destructive to the hater.

To spend our precious time and energies lugging around a grudge is a self-imposed penalty that plays into the hands of our enemies, and does nothing to better our own being.

Life is too short to waste it carrying around feelings of hate, anger and negativity — be happy. It is much more healthy to live your days without it.

Mr. Hoyos honors honest labor. As college students and professionals, it is too easy to become centered on our little problems, and forget those who make our life more pleasant and productive. There are many.

Some students actually hold down a job; a few fully support themselves and study. As in Mr. Hoyos’ case, many have parents who labored long to aid the efforts of their children toward professionalism.

Even if one steps back from the ivory tower just a little, it is possible to see the hard working taxpayer that has committed to raising an institution of higher learning in your behalf.

Look with favor and honor upon the person who honestly works within his society. There is dignity in all labor, and it certainly shouldn’t be overlooked.

Veterans, as Mr. Albrecht notes, have already “paid their dues.” They also deserve honor, even if they don’t carry the wounds of war — those who only stand and wait also serve.

That however, does not mean that they should have a waiting game imposed further upon them, by a college.

It will be 40 to 60 days before they may be treated as vets; this through no fault of the vet, rather screw-ups of the on-campus department that handles them — after warning.

PCC is attempting to correct its errors, but they are errors that should not have been made at all. The need for correction is an indication of non-performance, then others pay the price.

The messages on Page 6 are somewhat tied together — respect. Respect the plight of those who die because of hate.

Respect yourself and keep your mind clean. Respect honest labor.

Respect those who devote their lives to teaching.

Their rewards are small, but your respect has the potential of making their day and uplifting you too.

Dr. Don Burk

Burk is a student at Downtown Campus. He is non-traditional at age 83, a vet, a teacher, and is seen playing chess on campus.

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Center, fix yourself

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Center, fix yourself

I am a non-traditional, veteran full-time student pursuing an associate of science degree in order to fulfill prerequisites for a graduate program. Since I also work full time at Fort Huachuca, I have a three-hour roundtrip commute when I attend my classes or science labs in the evenings.

Due to my full-time schedule (I have taken 55 hours over the past three semesters) and the distance I am from any PCC campus, I rely heavily upon email and telephone to communicate with PCC and my instructors.

My experience with this over the past year with PCC, and especially my instructors, has been incredible with one glaring exception: the Veterans Center.

Emails sent via the “Contact Us” on the veterans page remain unanswered. Multiple voicemails left on the Veterans Center answering machine remain unanswered.

Therefore, I was not at all shocked when I discovered that PCC would no longer be eligible to certify veterans benefits for this semester or for the next 60 days due to multiple violations and compliance issues.

The apathetic response I’ve received thus far from the Veterans Center is likely a reflection of their overall attitude, and apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs agrees.

I am a former Sergeant First Class with multiple combat deployments overseas as an infantryman and in military intelligence.

Despite my extremely busy schedule, as a former non-commissioned officer, I must accept my share of the responsibility for the Veterans Center’s issues as I have not, until now, spoken up about the Veterans Center’s shortcomings and failures.

I am fortunate in that I have the means to afford to pay for my education.  However, I feel for those veterans who, in attempting to use their hard-earned veterans education benefits, placed their faith in an office that long ago abandoned them on the battlefield.

I do not know what steps PCC will take towards assisting those veterans – but an apology is insufficient for a veteran who suddenly discovers that she now has to come up with $2,000 to cover her total cost of education.

To the Veterans Center – fix yourselves, and make this right.

Kenneth Albrecht