In a recent issue of The Advocate, the article on cutting funding for higher education shows the total number of campuses spread across the state at 30. Fourteen of these are four-year colleges. This is a dilution of the total money available for higher education. This number is unreasonable for a state the size and as poor as Louisiana.

I know this is a political sacred cow and no politician will touch it. With the exception of LSU’s main campus, none of these university’s athletics can support themselves. Funding must come from the university’s educational funds. Do we really need 14 four-year universities when only about 50 percent of freshman graduate? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate our needs.

J.W. Melancon

retired engineer

Baton Rouge