No private company or individual should be allowed to influence the curriculum or hiring practices of any public university or public school [“Capitalism on Campus,” Dec. 23, and “Buying Your Way on Campus,” Jan. 14]. This violation of academic freedom is unethical and immoral. It should also be illegal. Shame on BB&T for making such an unethical offer! Shame on Western Carolina University for accepting it! It makes me very happy that my granddaughter just switched from WCU to UNCA!
As for Tim Peck’s letter on the same subject [“Let’s Hear It for Capitalism,” Jan. 14], where has he been for the last year? Even the catastrophic results of his laissez-faire, unregulated capitalism aren’t enough to change his mind. Fortunately, in the last election the American people [demonstrated] that they have had enough of unbridled greed.
— Fred Flaxman