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BY DI READERS | MARCH 30, 2010 7:30 AM

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Cambus proposal a waste of money

I recently read an article from the March 19 edition of the Gazette that discussed the possibility of a new high-tech tracking system being installed for Cambus. The article reported estimated costs for the university to be $125,000, plus another $50,000 annually. The article also quoted Brian McClatchey, the manager of Cambus, as saying, “In this day and age, this kind of technology is expected by people, especially in this community.”

Call me crazy, but do you know what I expect? Responsibility. During a time of massive budget cuts, how can the university justify spending hundreds of thousands of dollars so that people can get on their cell phones to see where one of the buses is?

I ride the Cambus on a regular basis. Does it stink when one of the buses is late? Sure it does. You know what else stinks? Tuition is going to increase again next year, as is the cost of room and board.

Better yet, this matter revolves around the issue of buses being on time. I’m failing to see how one penny of the initial $125,000 is going to make buses run on time. Can you say, irresponsible spending?

But hey, at least I’ll know where the Cambus is.

Ben Schuff
UI sophomore

Health-reform flaws

I have nothing against everyone having the right to health care. But you have to take into account “Obamacare” has some real problems:

1) Insurance premiums are going to increase, and the insurance companies are still going to make billions in profits.

2) We can’t keep spending more than we make. Raising taxes on the upper class is always the Democrats’ way of paying for things; why should they have to suffer for being successful?

3) Finally, forcing someone to have health insurance, or they pay a fine? Where does it stop? What’s next, forcing people to buy American-made cars?

Derek Thomas
UI graduate student

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