Letters to the Editor

KPLU: PLU president's decision is shortsighted

As a Pacific Lutheran University alum, I'm disappointed in President Thomas Krise's decision to sell KPLU as well as his responses in your recent interview (TNT, 12-22).

I'm not sure how citing other major sales, such as Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek, makes it okay to forgo consulting the community about this sale. If you've done something wrong, you can't justify it by pointing to someone else who did the same thing.

Krise should have made it known that the station was for sale to field offers from other buyers, including the community, who would keep the station intact. I don't understand what the downside to that approach could possibly have been, and going the route Krise did seems incredibly shortsighted. Why would your first option be a buyer who would dismantle the station?

I'm thankful the University of Washington has listened to the community and will give us an opportunity to make an offer on the station.

I end with a quote from the PLU website: "PLU seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care - for other people, for their communities and for the Earth."

Does Krise's behavior meet this goal?

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