PUBLISHED in the Denver Post, 3/10/05
Re: CU weighs buyout for firebrand prof (Denver Post, March 8, 2005)
To the Editors:
A buyout of Ward Churchill is a terrible idea for many reasons. First, the case against Churchill is much too strong for the University to be afraid of losing in court.
Second, it sets a terrible precedent. Future bad behavior and violation of contract will become exceptionally difficult to punish. Would a professor who is even more destructive than Churchill simply be worth a bigger payout?
Third, the University of Colorado is a public institution and has a fiduciary responsibility to taxpayers including not paying the equivalent of protection money to a terrorist.
If a buyout is offered, citizens should take every possible legal action to block it. If the University is worried about the cost of defending themselves in a lawsuit, put me down for a $1000 contribution to a legal defense fund for any regent with the courage to stand up and fire Ward Churchill.