Newspaper Sues UA For Records About Deficit

Posted: February 12, 2013 at 5 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville should not be allowed to hide “embarrassing documents” that would show taxpayers how the school’s fundraising program ran up a $3.4 million deficit, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette argues in a lawsuit filed Monday.

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This is just another attempt by the ADG to expose something that first, the public doesn't care about but the newspaper thinks they should and second a problem that has been corrected. What does the ADG expect to achieve by exposing these records, sell more newspapers, embarrass the university, get somebody else fired? I suggest all of the above and to what end? This isn't Watergate, it was a problem created by an overzealous administrator who paid dearly for his lack of oversight. He got fired. I think the ADG is angry they scooped on the story in the first place. Let it go and find something more tangible to report on that the public really cares about, like why Arkansas have an insatiable need to arm themselves to the teeth or taking guns into Churches, really?

Posted by: PapaGoose

February 12, 2013 at 8:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kudos to the Gazette for this suit. I disagree withPapaGoose entirely. I am very interested in knowing the reasons for this overspending and suspect that many others are also.

I am a strong proponent of openess in government and all public institutions. After all, it's my money that's being misspent.

Posted by: Kajon

February 12, 2013 at 1:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

They should have done the right thing and released the records. Shame. It is a curious and so far unexplained aspect of the story that Choate kept his $350k salary while the female subordinate employee (with a much lower pay grade) was punished with a 25% pay cut. Looks like discrimination to me.

Posted by: ImUnarmed

February 14, 2013 at 5:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )