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Letter from an alumnus about Deserving "Equal Opportunity"

Date Posted: March 25, 2005

Deserving ‘equal opportunity’

I didn’t go to Princeton. I am a Rutgers man myself. I guess I qualify as a “mutt” by Princeton standards. However, I knew Richie Golden ’60 (Letters, June 4, 2003) in my younger days.

      He was a neighbor in Newark. Richie is an imaginative and creative thinker. He also has guts and is not afraid to question and criticize many conventional and accepted norms. I can still remember many of the original things he said to me 40 years ago. I think the powers that be at Princeton would do well to look into many of their politically correct assumptions about people and try to view the situation objectively.

     Richie is doing you a great favor by expressing his views on the subject [the automatic acceptance of qualified legacies into Princeton]. The chance to go to Princeton is, after all, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, both for Princeton as well as the applicant. In the future, no one will care what color skin a great revolutionary thinker has. All that will matter is the strength of that person's ideas. Qualified people, especially children of an outstanding alumnus such as Dr. Golden, deserve “equal opportunity” consideration; after all, they are (or may be) our best and brightest. Otherwise they may opt for Rutgers (which is what my daughter did).


Clarksburg, N.J.

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