Better standards needed
Regarding “Alumni split on value of degrees” (Metro, Feb. 17): When you read the article, you learn it is based on a study only conducted among graduates of for-profit institutions. The article attempts to create the impression that students at for-profit institutions question the value of their degrees more so than graduates of public and private institutions. No data are cited to support whether or not graduates of public and private nonprofit institutions would have more or less of their alumni questioning the value of their degree. The report showed no journalistic curiosity in ignoring this obvious line of inquiry when preparing the article.
It would be interesting to know if there is a difference in how graduates of the different institutions perceive the value of the education they receive, often at vary disparate costs. But, sadly, the Tribune provides no insight into this question. The Tribune needs to have better standards for the articles it publishes.
William F. Humphrey
A special Winter Olympics
There was a whole lot of love in the air on St. Valentine’s Day, when more than 300 area elementary, middle and high school special-needs student-athletes participated in the annual “Gaither Stampede” at Gaither High School. The student “buddies,” family members along with the Hillsborough community, got together on a picture-perfect day to help Hillsborough County special athletes train and prepare for the Special Olympics Area 8 Summer Games that will be held at the University of South Florida on March 29. Students competed in field and throwing events, including the 100-meter dash and running long jump. This may be the only glimpse that many of these youngsters ever have of being involved in an actual sporting event or athletic competition.
Hillsborough County Public Schools’ Exceptional Student Education Department, Principal Thomas Morrill and his faculty, staff and students are to be commended for a day that will not easily be forgotten by these special Olympians!
Another core value
Regarding “The secret to happiness” (Other Views, Feb. 17): Arthur Brooks neglected to mention a core value that is fundamental to giving every American an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams under our free enterprise system. That value is to permit free enterprise to prosper through the use of our government’s antitrust regulatory powers to ensure that competition in markets will not be hindered by monopolistic corporations. Case in point: the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner.
Restricting monopoly power or the elimination of it should be one of the secrets to happiness. The unchecked power of telecom giants removes incentives for progress in that they don’t need to provide better services when customers have few or no viable options. As such, the monopolists see no need to use their profits to reinvest in their business. Monopoly is a barrier to innovation and has always been and will continue to be a corrosive to our free enterprise system. The American Enterprise Institute should agree with that as an additional core value for creating happiness.
Kudos to the Tribune for helping expose the lies and exaggerations concerning publicly financed stadiums (“Sports venue costs can scalp taxpayers,” front page, Feb. 16). I suspect neither Bob Buckhorn, Ken Hagan, Stuart Sternberg nor the Glazer brothers enjoyed their breakfast.
The article was fair and balanced. Good job — keep it up.
Regarding red-light cameras: Quit your bellyaching! Break the law, get caught, be punished. If the fines represent a source of income for the government, so be it. If you want to dry up that source of revenue, stop breaking the law. Then the government won’t have that source of revenue.
Why bother having laws if we don’t enforce them?
James P. Whitaker
Regarding Carol Roth’s letter Feb. 13 (“Barbaric decision,” Your Views), one has to wonder whether Ms. Roth has ever been outside the city limits of San Antonio.
The zoo in Denmark did not arbitrarily elect to put down the genetically flawed giraffe. There was consultation with a body of academies that did not weigh in lightly.
The zoo’s decision to dismember the animal and feed it to the lions was ecologically sound. What else are you going to do with a dead giraffe?
Roth’s thought that we should boycott Danish products and take Denmark off the European tour is insane. We would do away with wind turbine technology, Legos and Legoland. Try selling that to an 8-year-old.
Some of the most well-educated and articulate people I have ever met are Danes, and Tivoli Gardens is beautiful.