As a Colorado native and a proponent of higher education in our state, I have been following the CU Regent-at-Large race.
When I heard Melissa Hart articulately present her case, I discovered that top-listed as her qualifications were: gender, legal/academic rep, checkbook balancing, and her representation of ALL people of Colorado” in flat-lining tuition rates (for some).
I have news for her: the University of Colorado IS and has ALWAYS been available to all residents who meet the minimal acceptance standards.
As children of parents who barely (if at all) completed secondary education, and whose incomes routinely dropped below poverty levels, my husband and I attended the University under our own steam. We qualified, applied, attended, graduated from, and then went on to graduate with doctoral degrees; all without a penny of scholarship money or financial assistance from our fellow students.
To imply that “We the LITTLE People” cannot make it without need-based assistance, flies in the face of reality and undermines the pride which comes from self-sustainability and accomplishment. I’m not certain that We the People can afford Ms. Hart’s representation.