Even though none of the flak about the new UC Merced chancellor, Dorothy Leland, indicated that she knew anything about Merced other than that the finance, insurance and real estate special interest "stakeholders" want a UC Merced medical school, the Badlands Journal editorial board would like to welcome Leland, a scholar of existentialism a great big San Joaquin Valley En soi/Pour soi, wish her -- when fear and trembling strike -- happy rowing on Lake Yosemite with her ether oars, and hope she finds oodles of Socratic Irony out there on the wildlife habitat and former wetlands to ease the sickness unto etc.
Since we didn't see much difference between Leland and other officials that have come and gone at UC Merced -- people unable to distinguish between propaganda and education -- we are sending her a 7-year-old letter to a planner, two letters we wrote to former Chancellor Steve Kang, and the 6-year-old report by Christopher Butcher of UC Davis on how Merced County completely corrupted the Williamson Act.
We realize land-use policy is an esoteric topic for a Kierkegaard scholar, but we have some advice on the medical school direction, too. Since the destiny of the campus is to be a combination Indian casino/senior living facility, why not start now by training geriatric nurses also certified in slot machine repair? -- blj
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