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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 04, 2014 5:00 AM

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Hatch wrong on college plan

Jack Hatch must be aiming his proposals [to reduce college costs] at the most poorly informed people on the planet.

Obviously, if a student can handle taking more credit hours each semester, he or she will graduate more quickly at lower cost. Also, if some courses are taken at lower-cost community colleges, the cost of an education will be reduced.

Of course, if a student takes courses away from the University of Iowa, he or she isn’t getting a full UI education.

This is a plan?

The proposal to have the state operate a fund for college loans is ridiculous. All lending institutions have the staffs and systems to originate and service loans. Having the state set up a parallel organization, and staff it on a permanent basis, is going to save money?

It’s sad that a person planning to run for the state’s highest office thinks he can pass off such obvious and wasteful ideas as new proposals. Either he’s unaware of the foolishness of his proposals, or he’s not giving voters much credit for even basic arithmetic skills.

It’s further disappointing that proposing ridiculous magical proposals is passed off as serious political discussion.

Here’s one of life’s economic realities: The good stuff costs more. Always. Pay less and get less. If one doesn’t, or can’t, pay what it costs to attend the university, even with financial aid (as I had, thank God and the university), the solution is to go someplace cheaper — not hope that smoke and mirrors will solve financial problems.

Mike Norton
UI alum

Re: Unionizing college football

Seems you and your DI fellows should do the same. How are you being compensated for your work? Perhaps you should simply attend your journalism classes, foregoing your DI exposure. Advantage you have over athletes is you may blog and be compensated by Google. Why do you slave away for the DI?

Want to see a money grab? Join a union. Want to see the end of high exposure, highly talented freshman and sophomore athletes? Join a union. Seniority has its benefits. I believe most student-athletes compete for the love of their sport, not because they believe there will be financial windfall. I believe most student-athletes truly see the scholarship as tremendous reward for their efforts, as do student non-athletes, on scholarship. The financial windfall the UI recognizes from football helps fund other projects, such as the UIHC. Some student-athletes, such as Jake Ruddock, will reap the spoils of their labor.

Ross Kenneth Rayner


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