To the editor:
Your current series on educational funding issues is timely, but I wonder why you are treating each issue as unconnected. I found it very ironic that you run an article one day bemoaning the rising costs of college, and the next day complaining that government funding is being cut. Hello, McFly! Don't you think there might be a relationship?
Let me put it this way, I have a car dealership. I find out that everyone in town just got a check for $1,000 from Uncle Sugar to help buy a car. Guess what happens to my car prices? That's right, they just went up.
Don't think that raises in education funding don't catch the eye of the powers that be at UH. Health care is a perfect example of this principle. In 1965, Congress adopted Medicare, and health care costs skyrocketed. What is even more damaging, in my opinion, is the attitude of entitlement that most students at this university have.
In a recent article, you point out that students are taking financial aid into their own hands. But instead of finding ways to raise money for their education (like, say, getting a job), students have become just another special interest group with their snout in the taxpayers' trough. Students have defaulted on government loans to the tune of $2 billion. As a working student, I don't feel I should have to fund your education as well as mine. I know it is difficult to do it on your own; I have been at this for seven years. You make a big deal about other countries funding education, but you leave out the fact that these countries limit who is eligible for college and put quotas on what type of degrees can be sought.
The bottom line is that when you allow your actions to be determined by what our government does or does not do for you, you become a slave to their whims. Take some action for yourself, and I think you will find the satisfaction of self-reliance far outweighs the sacrifices.
sophomore, electrical engineering
To the editor:
Regarding your April 17 editorial, "What's in a name?": You're right to note that quite often the titled few cry foul a bit too loudly when accidentally misidentified in address or print. But you may be missing the mark when you assert that people are given titles in the hopes that they will admirably perform their jobs.
A title is a dignity conferred upon someone based on past accomplishments, and while it may indicate the breadth/scope of someone's present employment, it is something that has been achieved by its holder through talent, perseverance and service.
I am saddened at your suggestion that UH administrators and faculty do not remember the sole purpose of their existence at UH. If you haven't learned it by now, you will some day know that state employment is not exactly the road to riches and fame. Most of the "titled nobility" to which you refer have made, or could certainly make, a lot more money in the private sector and enjoy much greater fruits for their labors. They are not here for themselves, but for you, the future of Houston and the greater community.
A little respect doesn't seem so much to ask.
Deborah Bridges Bailey
UH System Development