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Dear Albright Reporter,

I read the Albright Reporter as soon as it comes...thinking back fondly to the really wonderful years (57 - 61) with some pretty terrific friends and superb educators. Then, this week I read the letter from “Yours in Liberty, Bob Bowers ‘56” (Summer 2001 issue)...and I could not believe that I was reading such drivel from a graduate of one the USA’s best small colleges...even in ‘56!

I believe strongly in freedom of speech, but it truly is annoying when someone uses free speech to push a barrow that is so flawed as to be laughable. The U.S. Department of Education website has data from a Household Survey conducted in 1996 that states the maximum number of “home-schooled” children from six to 17 in 1996 was 1.4 percent...of the total 45 plus million or 630,000 - not 1.5 million.

“Yours in liberty, Bob Bowers ‘56”, if it’s the tax money that you begrudge all those kids who want to gain an education and grow...and succeed...when their families cannot afford to send them to a private school and both parents are working, so home-schooling is not an option - why not say so.

You’re entitled to object to being’s a great American ‘right’. But don’t couch your petty tax objections in flawed data and expect any clear thinking individual to agree. Put a sock in it “Yours in liberty, Bob Bowers ‘56”!

From sunny Australia,
George Walck, Class of 1961

Dear Albright Reporter,

I have just read your feature, “Being African-American at Albright” in your Fall 2001, Volume 21, Number 4 edition.

It is my hope that this college publication will strive to provide articles of your students of color each printing beyond just sports.

This was not the case between 1993-97 when our son Dwight C. Peterson was a student. Dwight gained a bachelor of science degree in 1997. He also graduated summa cum laude and was named to the Society of Jacob Albright Scholars. The cited article speaks of the Distinguished Joseph E. Coleman Award of which Dwight was a four-year recipient.

Accomplishments of this nature were clearly overlooked in the 1997 yearbook. It is hoped, based on this article, that such academic progress of students of color will not be omitted in the future.

Diversity is an important element of our society and we hope that Albright will enhance their position in this area for the future. I would always tell students of color to do their very best. Their gains should be by accomplishments earned and demonstrated.

For the record, Dwight earned a master’s in biochemistry in July 2001 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He was awarded an academic scholarship and research assistantship.

Maj. (Ret.) William F. “Bill” Peterson, USMC

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