Many recent articles have addressed the high cost of college tuition. I have a solution.
We have chosen expensive transportation programs that could never pay for themselves. We have built a large number of schools, sports stadiums, activity centers and other public facilities, so our taxes have to pay these bonds, and heaven knows we have enough roundabouts.
For many decades, the income we make from school trust land and other public property hasn't kept pace with the needs. This deficit has become a bigger problem because of international trade and, of course, the sudden business uncertainty has caused a decrease in all sources of tax income.
Currently, the University of Washington's expenses are paid 30 percent by taxpayer and 70 percent by student fees. About a year ago, I received an alumni magazine that boasted student tuition had been increased to make more money available for scholarships. This month, UW president explained the school needed large amounts of money because one of every four undergraduates has been promised they will pay no tuition. Pay no tuition?
If we can get the college and university boards to increase tuition high enough, no one will have to pay anything.
Kirk C. Williams, Richland