Monday, February 23, 2015

For the Record: Letter to Star-Tribune Editor about UMore Park

The following letter was published on February 23, 2015

Change in course is years too late
The University of Minnesota administration has finally been thinking about turning off the spigot after $12.5 million has gone down the UMore Park drain (“U changes course on UMore,” Feb. 13).
Just think how many students could have received a college education with the use of those funds.
Even worse, the gravel mining at the Dakota County property presents a risk to the agricultural research that has produced hundreds of millions of dollars for the state economy.
For years, Bill Gleason and other professors were ringing alarm bells. But the senior administrators and the regents ignored the warnings. Now they walk away without any personal accountability.
Each biennium, the citizens of our state invest more than $1 billion in the U in general appropriations. With that much at stake, the Legislature should appoint a watchdog to monitor on a continuing basis the operations of the university and the use of state appropriations.

Michael W. McNabb, Lakeville

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