During the worst time of the Great Depression I was a student at UC Berkeley, Class of 1933. At that time there was no tuition. There was only an incidental fee of $25. The student paid for his books and whatever he needed for his classes. The university paid even for his ink in those pre-ballpoint days.
If a student could live at home, or work for room and board, no matter how poor he was he could still get a good college education. The recent decision to raise the tuition is so absurdly cruel that many good students will have to forgo this life-enhancing experience.
There must be some ridiculous extravagances that need to be curtailed. How could the university give an education to thousands during the economic agony of the Depression, while it is now depriving thousands who want to enroll?
MARION D. BLYTH, Los Angeles