Category Archives: Opinion

Savings proposed years ago; Faculty ignored

Commentary by Doug Weiss, Advanced Technology Department Faculty I know the Electronic Technology program is expensive and I know enrollment has been falling. That is why, over the last two…

Speak now; So this will not happen to you

Commentary by Steve McQuiddy, Adrienne Mitchell, Elaine Pray and Susan Reddoor, Academic Learning Skills/Tutoring Department faculty instructors We have witnessed much in the last week regarding the use of power…

Tomorrow is another day; School not broken

Commentary by Pat Albright, LCC Board Chair Process is important. When it comes to process, I’m kind of a stickler. I believe in dedication to protocol and understand the burdens…

Perceptions alter reality; A different look at the situation

Commentary by Kristina Holton, Mathematics Faculty Perception is reality. We base our opinions, beliefs and judgments on how we see a situation unfold and this view is parameterized by the…

Program elimination process flawed; A possible solution

Commentary by Adrienne Mitchell, Academic Learning Skills Faculty The Board of Education voted 4-2 to eliminate the Auto Body/Paint and Electronics programs, the deleterious effects of which will ripple through…

Cuts: unfounded reasoning and figures; Faculty member wants to save programs

Commentary by Dale Green, Mathematics Division Faculty It is difficult for me to write this, given my inclination to “work things out” in amicable ways and to compromise. To that…

Let the people decide; Put program closures to a campus-wide vote

Commentary by Jim Salt, Faculty Association President Editor’s note: The following has been edited for length and clarity. The following is a condensed version of a Faculty Association response sent…

College reaches crossroads; Program cuts provide the way

Commentary by Penny Scott, Torch Editor-in-Chief Opinions are quite divergent regarding the recent decision to cut programs at Lane. The administration and Board of Education support the decision, while most…

State disinvestment the issue; Lane must live within its means

Commentary by Mary Spilde, LCC President First, I want to express my appreciation to all the students who have shared their concerns and suggestions throughout this year’s difficult budget development…

Social contract broken; Time to change how we do business

Commentary by Lee Imonen, Art and Applied Design Faculty The long-standing habits of top-down management and rubber-stamp boards have proven not only to lead to the college’s further programmatic and…