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For 130 years, Paine College has been a beacon and a symbol of hope, providing leadership, educational development, cultural and artistic diversity, service and economic impact, not only to this community but to the nation.

Many of our leaders are Paine graduates. We are very fortunate to have Paine in this community, and should treasure its many significant contributions.

The recent articles in The Chronicle appear to cast an aura of downfall on the college that is misleading. Paine officials, as they recently met with many alumni, assured them that whatever problems they are experiencing will be resolved in a timely fashion.

Paine has had challenges before, and we know the college will prevail. We appeal to the community at large to support Paine, as it has done in the past.

We are fortunate to be alumni of Paine, and value all the experiences we received there.

Ellis M. and Ann N. Johnson

Augusta

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justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/24/12 - 08:26 am
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Talk about a vague letter...

"The recent articles in The Chronicle appear to cast an aura of downfall on the college that is misleading." How so? "whatever problems they are experiencing will be resolved in a timely fashion." What problems?

kmb413
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kmb413 05/24/12 - 08:45 am
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misappropriation of funds

Paine had severe financial mismanagement. They used the extra student loan funds to pay the faculty. The writer is correct, this does give an aura of downfall and is a very serious matter. Other privately owned colleges have closed their doors for the very same thing.

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Iwannakno 05/24/12 - 09:02 am
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No offense to the letter

Unpublished

No offense to the letter writers but I wouldn't put a lot of stock into officials that are right in the middle of the scandal giving information on anything.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/24/12 - 09:26 am
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kmb??

The letter writer says the aura of downfall is misleading?

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avidreader 05/24/12 - 09:48 am
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"an aura of downfall"

I have paid close attention to Tracy McManus's reports on Paine College. She has not been espousing stray opinions; she has simply reported the news.

If, and I do say IF, Ms. McManus's reports are accurate, I would agree that Paine is possibly in deep trouble, and "an aura of downfall" is a wise choice of words.

I sympathize with the emotions of Paine's loyal alumni, but it only takes one wayward leader to drive an institution into ruins. Sometimes, there are no second chances. Money drives the business, and without the money, Paine is in big trouble.

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brin 05/31/12 - 10:54 am
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Alumni Please!

As a young alumnus of the college, I know that Paine is in what I believe to be disrepair. This is not because of scandals or financial mismanagement but because there is a lack of honesty. There is a spirit of corruption at the college. Maybe, that is what Ellis and Ann are feeling is an “aura of downfall.” A clean sweep is in order.

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