KATHERINE MITCHELL, ATLANTA
Admissions policies should be color-blind
Bigotry and racial stereotypes should have no role in the college admissions process. I encourage my teenage daughters to work hard, achieve your goals, follow your artistic passions and serve your community. With that background, I tell them they will be evaluated by university admissions officials as individuals. Unfortunately, the Georgia Tech vice provost of enrollment, Paul Krohn proved I was wrong. In Sunday’s AJC piece “Special Admission?” he suggested that increased reliance on college test scores would lead to a freshmen class of “Chinese Nationals” which he rejected as a “campus of clones.” He ignores the reality that ethnically Chinese applicants, whether raised in China or the U.S., are remarkably diverse; their race does not define them. They are not clones. Having read Mr. Krohn’s quote, do I think my Chinese-American daughters (born in China) would face racial discrimination in Mr. Krohn’s admissions process? You bet I do.
MICHAEL LAMB, ALPHARETTA
Government can’t create private jobs
Jay Bookman in “Perdue isn’t all self-made,” (Opinion, Oct. 26), chides U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue for claiming “Government can’t create jobs, but bad government policies sure can kill them.” He points out some of the obvious thousands of existing government jobs. He could have also gone on to reference the military, police, firefighters and arrays of other bureaucrats. The implication is to accuse Perdue of being dishonest, blind, or simply stupid. We know well that governments can extract enormous sums of tax dollars to create government jobs. Those positions expand alarmingly over decades. The context of Perdue’s statement, however, was simply that government can’t create private industry jobs. Bookman has built a straw man, set it ablaze, and dusted off his hands. This is incredibly disappointing commentary. He owes his readers better.
ALAN FOSTER, ACWORTH