Traverse City Record-Eagle

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January 8, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 01/08/2013

Obligation to students

The fact that Northwestern Michigan College makes extensive use of adjunct instructors has garnered much press of late.

The Record-Eagle editorial "NMC owes its adjunct teachers fair compensation" did a good job of explaining why NMC uses adjunct part-time instructors versus full-time instructors; flexibility to staff classes as demands change, ability to hire part-time instructors for curriculums that don't warrant a full-time instructor and the advantage of instructors with current real world business/professional experience.

In my opinion the editorial made a "left" turn when it then concluded "the college also has an obligation to offer employees fair compensation ... to use (adjunct instructors) as a strategy to keep costs down ... is unfair."

Supply and demand should determine fair compensation, not some nebulous "obligation" on the part of the college.

Since NMC doesn't have a monopoly on higher education, if it didn't offer competitive compensation it would be unable to attract and retain competent instructors.

NMC's primary "obligation" should be to the students by providing the best education per dollar of tuition and to the taxpayers of Grand Traverse County that support NMC to the tune of 3 mills worth of our property tax dollars.

Gordon La Pointe


Get the picture

Politicians and the military both claim to serve their country, but I don't see politicians wearing Kevlar, living in tents, or making $25,000 a year.

When faced with cliffs (fiscal or otherwise), the military climbs them, Congress goes on vacation.

Whenever a donation is made or a sign posted, we condone the behavior of Washington suits.

Are we so ignorant we can't see the answer is somewhere between red and blue?

Without compromise, there is only one loser — "We the people."

If you can't vote a moderate in, then vote a Democrat or Republican out.

Eventually, they will get the picture.

Tim Olson

Traverse City

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