Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | AUGUST 31, 2011 7:20 AM

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Consider switching to computer science

If you’re not in love with your major, you should strongly consider embracing your inner geek and get a computer-science degree.

I graduated with a psychology degree, stared into the jobless abyss, and quickly went back and got a computer-science degree in a year and a half. I’ve had an easy time finding work even in this horrendous recession (currently the national unemployment rate of software engineers was 4.6 percent in 2010), and I think I could probably find a job wherever I want to live. Also, it’s one of the highest paying degrees — the average starting salary is $63,000.

Dollar, dollar, bills y’all. Think about it.

Eric Johnson
UI alum

Taft Speedway project bad for IC

The Taft Flood Speedway Mitigation Study is not just a Taft Speedway project. All Iowa Citians should be worried about this project.

There is not enough “free” FEMA/Housing and Urban Development money to do this project, and there is not enough “free” FEMA/HUD money to raise Dubuque Street and the Park Road bridge.

Who do you think is going to make up these huge shortfalls? All of the citizens of Iowa City.

Therefore, these projects should not be just the concern of the residents in the area of the proposed projects. The entire city has to realize it is going to pay through the nose for these projects now and for many years to come. All citizens need to tell the City Council and the City Council candidates what they think about these projects. All citizens of Iowa City need to attend these meetings not just the residents in the project areas.

All Iowa Citians are going to pay for these projects and the mistakes made by them for many, many years.

Jim White Sr.
UI alum and Iowa City resident

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