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September 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

UW president’s compensation: Is Emmert making too much?

A sense of sacrifice from UW president

I for one am terribly impressed by University of Washington President Mark Emmert’s shared sense of sacrifice [“Emmert gets new perks, no pay raise,” page one, Sept. 4] as the UW has made deep cuts in its budget, including eliminating its swim team as well as increasing tuition by 14 percent.

If leaders lead by example, may we all be so lucky!

— Patrick Burns, Seattle

Can I be Emmert’s driver?

I think you printed the story about the University of Washington’s benefits for its president, Mark Emmert, just to raise the blood pressure of folks like me.

I will be so sorry if Emmert is unable to live on his $906,500 per year, plus change he receives in cash and stock for sitting on various boards. As far as I’m concerned, all of this is a disgrace. How much do people really need?

Of course, this salary is nothing at all compared to the corporate titans’ compensation. My point is, however, how much is enough? Where does it stop?

Since I have been out of a job since October, perhaps I could sign on as Emmert’s driver. I wonder how much it would pay …

— Kathleen Collins, Bellevue

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