Regarding the sarcastic Jan. 27 letter “ Getting UNC in line”:
My late father attended Carolina on a track scholarship, graduated in 1933 and had a career working for the U.S. government as well as state and local government agencies in Massachusetts. He established a scholarship benefiting undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
I graduated from Chapel Hill in 1971 and continue to support that scholarship today. I also established a graduate scholarship honoring my father in the Gillings School of Global Public Health following his death in 1999.
We are definitely not wealthy donors with deep pockets to support political campaigns and certainly support “the idea that young people should learn to think for themselves and speak their minds.”
There is an easy solution to address the political issues the writer is concerned with: the ballot box. In 2016 North Carolina residents who treasure our state university system and wish to preserve its ability to be, as the late Charles Kuralt called it, “the university of the people” should exercise the right to elect Democrats to the General Assembly and rid the UNC System Board of Governors from the influence of rich white men.
Mark G. Rodin