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February 16, 2009 at 4:00 PM

UW job cuts

Pay cuts should come first

Wow, the university system is in a financial crisis and is talking about job cuts [“UW braces for 600 layoffs,” Local News, Feb. 10]. What bothers me most is the University of Washington gave itself a huge pay raise a year or two ago and there was not one mention of pay cuts to try and reduce the number of job cuts.

Why is it that the president of the university makes enough money to support two to three families and doesn’t want to make a sacrifice to help others in need?

UW claimed the pay raise was necessary to get the best people for the job. How many times have we heard this same rhetoric from presidents of corporations?

The university is just as guilty as Wall Street for fostering the belief that it is OK if you can justify it. When does it stop? When will people wake up and realize it is not OK?

Cutting jobs is not the answer when pay cuts can be made and people can keep their jobs.

— Jeff Gibbon, Seattle

Making an athletic exception

I must admit I am really in shock about what I read in your paper concerning University of Washington layoffs in this time of stimulus packages and economic debt.

On the front page of the Local News section in the Feb. 10 paper, the headline reads: “UW preparing for 600 layoffs.”

Then, on the front page of the Sports section, there is an article about the UW’s new offensive-line coordinator leaving for the Oakland Raiders, even though he was offered, and I am sure accepted, a $350,000 per year salary.

So here we are: Athletic coaches making enough to give five workers a decent wage and the UW laying off employees.

What ever happened to education? Those being laid off may not be instructors or professors, but I am sure their work adds to the experience of a UW education.

I think maybe our new president and elected officials ought to start looking at college coaches’ wages and put a cap on them as they did the CEOs.

— Jack Schultz, Bellevue

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