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Public trust betrayed

Gary H. Quehl

Forty-three years of substantial involvement in higher education at institutional, national, and international levels had little to do with why my wife and I moved here five years ago. Until now.

Contrary to received opinion in The Union and others who would wish away what has happened in the dismissal of Kevin Ramirez, it is not time to put the mischief of Aaron Klein and his partisan backers, or the apparent misfeasance of the Sierra College Board of Trustees, behind us. Now that the planned damage has been done, it is essential that Klein and his cohorts be called to account for the remarkably ugly things that they have caused to transpire.

I have spent my entire career working within or on behalf of private colleges and universities. So it may be surprising that I propose it is high time to take on those who would subvert the nation’s wonderful system of community colleges and, in particular, the special case of our Sierra College. John Michael Keating’s splendid recent column in The Union makes the case and sets the record for what is truly at stake.

There must be a process for recalling Sierra College trustees. I, for one, would gladly join in that cause beginning with entrepreneur Klein and extending to all others who have betrayed the public trust.

Gary H. Quehl

Nevada City


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