My father grew up on a farm in Missouri. After serving in WWII, he used the GI Bill to earn college degrees and become a professor of agricultural economics.
If he’d been alive, he would have been outraged in 2012 to hear his alma mater was shutting down its press. After protests and editorials, the university’s president and board reversed themselves and kept it open. Dad would have celebrated.
Now, Gov. Matt Bevin is trying to shut down the University Press of Kentucky and the people of Kentucky need to save it. Founded in 1943, the University Press of Kentucky has published 2,100 books that have sold 4.6 million copies in 40 countries. In addition to scholarly books, it publishes books about Kentucky and Appalachia that New York trade publishers don’t. These books about Kentucky history, biography, literature, politics and landscape are used in schools across the state and region.
My dad was a sports fan, but he would question the priorities of a governor and university system that shuts down its press to save $672,000 annually, while paying its basketball coach $8 million and its football coach $3.75 million.
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