volume 39, number 4
Temple UniversityFaculty Herald

An Open Letter to President Hart and Art Hochner
—Frank Friedman, Professor of Computer Science, Chairperson of the Editorial Board of The TU Faculty Herald

Frank Friedman,

Professor of Computer Science, Chairperson of the Editorial Board of The TU Faculty Herald

Regarding the recent missive from Debbie Hartnett and with all due respect to all negotiators -- my email is cluttered enough with propaganda, PR, and similar JUNK the validity of which I am in no position to judge.

 

We do not need more propaganda from either side in this disagreement. What we need is a settlement. The propaganda that is being distributed in no way can be considered to be leading toward a settlement. It is wasteful, demeaning to us all (senders and recipients alike), and no doubt is costing us a fortune.

 

I call upon both sides to act responsibly:

 

1. Get the lawyers out of the way. I know both sides recognize what is fair and what will work. Lawyers recognize neither. It is not their job.

 

2. Sit down together as two groups of real people truly interested in a settlement and work things out in a reasonable and fair way that benefits the people of the Temple community rather than some amorphous concept of an institution.

 

3. Subject us to no more commentary (nothing!) until the deed is done (with June 30, 2009 at the latest) target date.

 

The current behavior is wholly unbecoming to an institution of higher learning. It carries no benefits to anyone except the lawyers and PR people being paid to continue this nonsense ad infinitum.

 

PLEASE STOP!

 

Thank you.