TO THE EDITOR:
We can all agree — as administrators and as students, as Democrats and as Republicans, as protesters and as members of the board of trustees — that education is a good thing.
However, these are difficult times, and convincing our state’s leaders of the merits of our case will require facts and figures, not “spirit fingers” and “human microphones.”
I respect the sincerity of student protesters, but, like my good friend Anthony Dent, a conservative voice on campus and columnist for The Daily Tar Heel, I would prefer a more reasoned discourse.
Indeed, if Anthony had limited his most recent op-ed on March 16 to an appeal for a more thoughtful debate, there would be no need for this letter. He argued not only that protesters should be more reasonable, however, but that education is not a right.