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Privatization isn't the answer
Superior Wisconsin 1410 Tower Ave. 54880

I don’t believe privatizing custodial services at UWS is an answer to budget balancing. I understand that an enrollment drop and reduced state aid have created budget problems for our fine university.

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However, the quality of work should be better under UWS supervision than under private management. I believe that university custodial workers have a feeling of pride because they are part of the university family. Sometimes, people take building maintenance for granted, but good building work is not an accident.

I know that some people will say all is well and good, but how do we deal with the budget shortfall?

My suggestions are:

1. Scrutinize all department and program budgets. Maybe there are ways to become more efficient.

2. According to the Telegram, several programs have been suspended. I assume these programs were not cost-efficient. Maybe narrowing the UWS focus even further is possible.

3. Do more “barking” at the front door of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I was a teacher and an administrator at the University of Minnesota Duluth during the 1960s and ’70s. We had to do this on a regular basis. Fun — no — sounds like begging, but sometimes it works.

Finally, I believe that UWS will make the right decisions that will reinforce their standing as an outstanding community citizen

Craig Peterson,

Superior

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