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Johnson forum coverage one-sided

By Erika Kreider
Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 28, 1998
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To the editor,

I would like to state how severely disappointed I was with the coverage of the Johnson forum last Thursday. The article published in the Wildcat on Friday, Sept. 18, was both biased and uninformative.

If you are going to write an article about a subject, please stick to the subject. Mr. Johnson was the person who came to speak on campus, not Governor Hull.

There are several issues that were discussed in the forum which received little, if any, mention in the article. I think that students would be interested to know that under the Students First plan that Hull instituted, funding for our university will be in competition with money for other non-educational programs. This means that the university will receive less money from the state and that UA will be forced to cut student services and/or raise tuition.

As I understand it, Johnson doesn't believe that this is the right way to approach school funding. He would like to make it easier, not harder, for students to attend a college or university.

Something that was focused on in the article was that Governor Hull was too busy being Governor to "play" with Mr. Johnson.

Why is it that all of a sudden, she is too busy to share her ideas?

Yes, it's true that Mrs. Hull has finally agreed to attend some debates (only after being forced to do so in response to a question on television), but what kind of debates are they? They are closed audience debates with several Arizona newspapers.

Does this really give people the chance to ask the candidates their stances on issues? I don't think so. I feel that it is important to know both sides of the issues, but if only one side is getting coverage, how are people to make an informed vote?

Erika Kreider
Junior, EEB/Political Science