Letters to the Editor: Think voting is easy? Talk to students and service workers who are up against job cuts and closures:
“When will you be a supporter of the students who oppose your actions?”
As an adjunct at a university in upstate New York, I know how much our students have suffered from your recent budget cuts. We are told by so many of our students that, in the event of a budget cut, the first thing they’ll do is take out a loans. So when you tell us that you’re going to help us out, you’re lying.
So much for your support.
We were told that we needed the State University tuition bill to pass, for example, but once we got it passed, you were furious about it. Yet, after the bill was passed, you’ve not come to us and said that we didn’t need the bill at the time, so we should take it out now.
So we were given a bill to pass, and all you can say is that we need to do something else. But all we want to do is study.
This is what we mean when we say that this is not about education; it’s about making money, because we’re adjuncts and our time is worth less than what a few thousand dollars would buy you.
When our school was losing students left and right because of your policies, our students at home were losing jobs to students enrolled at other universities.
You cut a lot of programs, but you’re not going to give us a pay raise, no matter how much money we ask for. That’s because you don’t want our help.
You cut a lot of programs, but you’re not going to give us a pay raise, no matter how much money we ask for. That’s because you don’t want our help