Thursday, June 11, 2009

Educational Institution?

A few weeks ago, there was a big stink in the local news about whether or not state officials, like the Governor, were using state vehicles for their own private transportation? Truth was, they were, and still are, as far as I know, and the Governor himself said that was OK in his book, that he personally allowed something like 13% of miles he would be reimbursed for, he considers as his own use and therefore does not take the money. How sweet. The fact that these state modes of transport are 4WD Yukons that get... how many...? 14 to 21 mpg depending on city or highway driving... Forget even about that extreme waste of a precious natural resource. Especially forget about that because Wyoming is a fossil fuel producing state.

Then, last week not only was the UWYo Geological Museum axed because of state budget cuts, but 45 jobs were sliced out, too, for development offices and the graduate school... you know, the parts of the institution that help bring funding and students in?

Now, let's put two and two together, and you wonder why I am almost ashamed- except that I like the people in my department and am learning there- to return to this university in August for another semester? I wake up in the night feeling like puking.

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