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August 31, 2017 With no universities and no sports teams, fans can save ticket money
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Well, it seems that the three state universities in Iowa will be out of business in a few years. Their doors will be closed and Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City will have a slug of surplus buildings for which to find another use or else tear down. I say this because of the noise the politicians have been making lately concerning them.

In the first place, the State Legislature has cut the funding for all three of them in the coming years. I haven’t seen how many years this is going to involve, but there have already been some budget cuts in the last few years so these will be the beginning of the end. I say this because not only will the legislature cut the funding it puts out for the universities they are objecting to the proposed tuition increases at all three. On top of that some people want to do away with the Board of Regents and put somebody else in charge. The suggestion of who that would be seemed rather hazy to me so I won’t go into it any deeper.

Now, I ask you, if they can’t get more state money to help out and can’t raise tuition, which would probably only make up a fraction, maybe a small one, of what the difference is how will they stay in business as first class educational institutions. From what I read, and I’m just talking University of Iowa figures now, even with the so-called big tuition increases Iowa would still be only about in the middle of the Big Ten.

I don’t have the figures in front of me to quote exactly, but it seems that Minnesota’s out-of-state tuition right now is well over $40,000 per year. When Iowa hits its peak in about six years of the increase Iowa will only be at about $42,000. I suppose Minnesota will have raised its some more by then. I am not a fan of paying higher taxes, but I don’t see a way around it. People, especially politicians, seem awfully stupid when they keep saying they are going to cut the taxes on all of this stuff. I’m sure they are paying more for the things they are buying. Of course, maybe they have somebody else do all their buying for them and have no idea what is going on. I know I haven’t seen any 25 cent a gallon gas in a lot of years, or a 25 cent loaf of bread. I’m surely glad I’m not a cigarette smoker. I remember when they were 20 cents a pack, or one cent per cigarette. Today, they are up at $4 or $5 or more, depending on what kind you buy. That makes them considerably more than they were 65 years ago.

There is a bit of a bright spot in all of this mess, however. Just think how much less anxiety will run through Hawkeye fans when they don’t have to worry about how well their teams will do during the football, basketball, wrestling, track, tiddly-winks, etc. seasons. With no university the teams will no longer exist. Also, just think of how much money the fans will save when they don’t have to buy those season tickets or have the cost of going to a bowl game at the end of the football season or an NCAA Tournament at the end of the basketball season.

On another subject, I have not talked to anybody in the Rio Grande Valley about how the Snow to Sun Resort Park came through hurricane Harley. I’m thinking and surely hoping that it probably got a fair amount of rain and some stiff winds, but not of the disastrous kind. The city of Weslaco is quite a ways inland and fairly far south from where Harley really hit. At least, that is what it looked like in the radar image I saw on TV. The news people talked about and showed pictures of Sinton and Victoria which are north and west from Corpus Christi and a good 120 miles north of Weslaco. Also, they haven’t mentioned Kingsville which is about 90 miles north of my location so I am hoping there was really no damage in the park. I’ll find out this week when I make a call down there when the office will be open.

Now for the Thought of The Week. It comes from John Lubbock. It is: “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”

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