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UB President Kurt Schmoke stuck to his principles

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)

In reading the vitriolic objections to Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, I am proud of the institution of higher learning where I earned my post graduate degree ("University of Baltimore students protest Betsy DeVos as fall commencement speaker," Sept. 11). The University of Baltimore is an important and unique institution for Baltimoreans who wish to pursue their dream of higher education, advancement, and self-improvement. UB is an accessible, affordable public university in the heart of downtown Baltimore with a mission to provide a broad educational experience for its students. Integral to that process is the experience of a broad spectrum of thought. If not in a university setting, where else can we expect to be exposed to multiple points of view in order to help students form their own, informed opinions?

Second, it is unacceptable, in our democratic society, to deny any speaker, any author or any protester the free expression of their opinion. Congrats, President Kurt Schmoke, for sticking to your principles.

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Philip F. Toohey, Baltimore

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