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What was Schmoke smoking?

University of Baltimore students protest Betsy DeVos as fall commencement speaker. President Kurt Schmoke says the university will not rescend the invitation to speak. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun video)

What can University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke be thinking? Or is he thinking at all? He heads a school that prides (and markets) itself in preparing students to excel in their chosen careers. Yet he extends a speaking invitation to Betsy DeVos, a woman clearly unqualified for the very job she holds ("University of Baltimore students protest Betsy DeVos as fall commencement speaker," Sept. 11)!

As the nation's education secretary, she is not only embarrassingly inept, but her loudly professed views are antithetical to most of what American education is about. Is Mr. Schmoke hoping for a big donation? And surely, if he is about free speech and openness, he could ask her to take part in a panel or forum.

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Don't spoil commencement by having such a bad representative of all that education stands for. The UB students deserve far better.

Ricki Baker, Baltimore

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