Church Hill Dem 
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Re: “The Spring Break

I'm as big a supporter of public investment in higher ed than the next guy, but I'm also willing to call a spade a spade.

The "another view" to which Galuszka barely pays lip service isn't necessarily about cutting salaries or scaling back research--those are things that tend to actually add value.

Instead, schools should stop their wasteful competition with one another by starting up expensive redundant programs, stop supporting ineffective offices (for example: http://www.wm.edu/offices/economicdevelopm…), and stop subsidizing tuition for programs with dim employment prospects at the expense of professional programs more likely to yield a return. (For example, an MPP at W&M is $13K/yr; an MBA is $27K. See: http://www.wm.edu/admission/financialaid/t…)

Particularly with this latter point, it's unfair to students in both programs to make them bear a disproportionate cost, and it's unfair to all of us for institutions to distort the market by encouraging too many folks to go into underperforming (in an employment sense) programs than otherwise would with a more realistic price tag.

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Posted by Church Hill Dem on 05/14/2012 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Artless Avenue

As though the City has ever let technicalities with the statutory permit issuance procedure get in the way of its own projects. Recall its beginning construction of the ice skating rink on Broad Street without a building permit a couple years ago: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2010/de…

Posted by Church Hill Dem on 04/04/2012 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Gray’s Area

Keep that chin up, Kim! You're fighting the good fight and you've got folks who admire you.

Posted by Church Hill Dem on 09/04/2011 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Master Strokes

As a long-legged person, I kind of miss the old steps on Capitol Square! They presented me with two options--either take long steps when I was in a rush, or walk more slowly with shorter steps. Perhaps the designer have intended for the steps to slow down pedestrians and force them take in the scenery?

Posted by Church Hill Dem on 07/06/2011 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Ah! June In Paris, Courtesy of Virginia Uranium

Isn't it a bit much to claim that merely going on the trip "raises big questions about their integrity"? Were legislators to change their vote on the sole basis of having been wined and dined--now that would raise serious questions about their integrity. Or, say, if I was a writer who cast aspersions for no particular reason, that might be reason to question my integrity, too.

Learning more about an issue for the sake of learning more about that issue is perfectly reasonable. What's unreasonable is for a decisionmaker to dig in his heels after only hearing fairy tales from environmental groups that are equally motivated to use questionable data and rhetoric.

Posted by Church Hill Dem on 06/22/2011 at 9:09 AM

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