Something Like the Truth

By Robert Mann

“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Might I suggest a New Year’s resolution for the leaders of Louisiana’s colleges and universities? Not only for the presidents and chancellors, but also the provosts, deans, associate deans and senior faculty members?

Let’s resolve to raise our voices in boisterous, sustained opposition to the deep budget cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal will undoubtedly propose to address the anticipated $1.4 billion budget shortfall for fiscal year 2016.

Briefly, it appeared the worst cuts were over. Now, we learn that the cruelest year of Jindal’s tenure as governor is ahead. Despite his boasting of an economic miracle, Jindal cannot balance a budget without massive infusions of one-time money and deep cuts to higher education and health care. The Jindal economy is apparently one in which low unemployment and robust economic…

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