End Class Subsidy

RECEIVED Mon., March 1, 2010

Dear Editor,
    If in the beginning the informal classes were intended to fill a cultural need not met in the private, unsubsidized sector, is anyone now asking whether or not that is still a worthy goal [“Where's the Outcry Over Informal Classes?,” News, Feb. 26]? To what extent are people running businesses that must compete directly with the subsidized offerings at UT? Ballroom dance instruction certainly is available in Austin from at least one well-established dance studio (which has been an Austin Chronicle poll winner several times). That privately run studio covers all of its own business expenses, providing employment for about 40 people and medical coverage for employees who work 30 or more hours per week. Times are tough in the business world today. Why should hardworking business owners face subsidized competition from UT?
Hank Alrich
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