In the Oct. 25 article “UMaine System trustees cut two more academic programs at USM,” board Chairman Samuel Collins was quoted as saying that the University of Southern Maine cuts were like plugging a hole “before the ship sinks.” I think the more accurate analogy would be that the captains failed to do routine maintenance and they are now throwing the crew overboard to buy themselves time.

I would like to read in the paper an apology from management for having mismanaged the university in the first place. The attitude seems to be that these are outcomes that they had no control over. If that is the case, then perhaps we can save the university some money by eliminating management, since it appears to be helpless.

Lee Pipkin

Portland