I want to thank Richard Whittaker for his well-researched article on the cancellation of the University of Texas informal classes and the closing of the Cactus Cafe [“UT Budget Cuts
,” News, Feb. 12]. The diversity of the population participating in the informal classes program and the sheer numbers (10,000 each year) wanting to improve their economic and personal well-being should be recognized by the university as an opportunity to improve and sustain the relationship between the school and the citizens of Austin.
The enrichment the classes provide to Austin citizens only enhances the pride the city has for the university. Sadly this will be lost unless the "Powers" that be change this ruling.