On the posting about Prairie View, readers should know that Prairie View A&M president George Wright is a friend of mine, and his wife, Valerie, is a colleague at TEXAS MONTHLY. They did not approach me about this item. I did discuss it with Valerie , and when I learned that Senator Rodney Ellis, of Houston, was concerned about the UH proposal, I called his office. Ellis was in China, but he e-mailed President Wright, asking him to send me a copy of his (Wright's) letter to Commissioner Paredes. As for my opinion about the Coordinating Board, I wrote a critical editorial in the Daily Texan, the University of Texas student newspaper, when the Legislature created it in 1965, saying that it would only produce broad-based mediocrity. Nothing I have seen in the subsequent forty-one years has changed my mind.
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