An editorial in the Exponent, student newspaper of Purdue, laments Gov. Daniels' proposed budget cuts, including a 4 percent one for universities:
Economic times are tough, and spending cuts will have to be made somewhere. But education is one of the last areas that should be cut. It's vital to the state and its economy.
OK, fine. But if it is true that "spending cuts have to be made somewhere," where would the editors suggest? Whom would they sacrifice? Every agency in the state is going to be "cut anybody but us" mode. The smart agencies (or editorials) will make their case by offering well-thought-out alternatives.