In response to the Aug. 22 Grosse Pointe News editorial "Headliners courtesy of WCCCD," I'd like to offer a different perspective on the college's Community Outreach Program, "Coping in an Uncertain World:"
First, I found Ann Compton's talk at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial on Aug. 21 engaging, witty and thought-provoking; judging from the audience response, others did also. It was gratifying to watch Grosse Pointe high school students eagerly approaching Ann Compton at the reception and her obvious enthusiasm in speaking with them and answering their questions.
Inviting speakers like Compton and John Nance to describe their experiences and offer their interpretations of national and world affairs can be viewed as stimulating our thinking, encouraging dialogue on issues of significance to all of us, and thus, supporting the democratic process.
Secondly, I find the idea of the outreach program builds community both among the Grosse Pointes and between the Pointes and the college, a viable, valuable educational institution in the larger community. Bridging the two communities I see as a benefit to both
Finally, to the issue of the millage and use of tax dollars: the approved millage is a fait accompli, approved by the voters; and all educational institutions Ñ public and private Ñ engage in marketing. The public relations/promotion process is a necessary fact of life in education, health care and business. In my view WCCCD's outreach is marketing in a quality way that enriches the general community. To me, the effort demonstrates good leadership on the part of the college administration and merits support.