Evergreen a top college in nation

Regarding the Monday letter, “Fund scholarships, defund Evergreen”: I agree with the writer that it is unfortunate that Washington state scholarships have been defunded. However, her solution to the problem is senseless. The Evergreen State College (TESC) has won too many awards to list here; suffice to say that it has been repeatedly and consistently recognized as one of the nation’s top colleges by numerous reviewers including US News and World Report (2012 top Public Affairs graduate schools), the Princeton Review (2012 “Best Value” colleges), and many others. Nearly half of TESC alumni go on to graduate school with 85 percent admitted to their first or second choice.

The college has produced illustrious alumni such as “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, NPR announcers Jamala Henderson and Michelle Borodin (Philippe), noted author and communications professor Robert McChesney, journalist Ken Silverstein, and mycologist Paul Stamets, to name a few. There may also be some “protesters and anarchists” among them; there surely are many activists — people who stand up for what they believe in and work for positive change. As a TESC graduate, I like to count myself as one of those. I am also a tax-paying, contributing member of my community, volunteering as well as working as a veterinarian. The Evergreen State College is a jewel among our public higher educational institutions of which every Washingtonian should be proud.

Kathy Johnson, DVM