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December 10, 2008 at 2:51 PM

New UW football coach

A university is for education

“Sarkisian to earn $1.85M per year” was first to catch my eye on the front-page banner of The Seattle Times on Sunday, Dec. 7. In the Opinion section, a headline read “Make higher education a priority” [David S. Broder column, Dec. 7], which explained the cheers President-elect Barack Obama receives when advocating for affordable and accessible college education for American young people.

So I ask the University of Washington, which is it? Education or football? The UW is ostensibly experiencing a budget crisis and is proposing 20 percent cuts, which will affect class availability, class size and most certainly the cost of tuition.

Meanwhile, the university will make its football coach the highest paid state employee at $1.85 million per year. This is a gross misappropriation of dollars.

How about $500,000 per year? That’s not a bad deal for a football coach — or anyone. That leaves $1.35 million to help alleviate the UW budget crisis and places proper priority on spending. And revenue from football will still flow.

— Dave Thornsburg, Seattle

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