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Letters to the Editor

State benefits

April 9, 2007

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To the editor:

I read with interest the article titled, "Neufeld: City benefits from KU and should pay for repairs." Mr. Neufeld seems to assume that only Lawrence and Douglas County benefit from Kansas University.

I believe that students from all over the state benefit from receiving an excellent education and then returning to their home counties to become productive citizens. They will then earn more money to add to their city and county tax base.

Has anyone considered tracking the students who attend Kansas Board of Regents universities and then taxing those home counties where students reside?

It seems logical that all citizens from the state of Kansas should share in the cost of maintaining a "public" university.

We seem to want to have open enrollment standards for Kansas students to enroll in state universities, but only desire that the city and county of the university pay for the privilege to maintain those institutions.

Has no one from Ingalls ever attended a regents university? If so, that seems very sad, indeed, that no one has taken advantage of such wonderful opportunities.

Diane Karpowitz, Lawrence

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Richard Heckler 7 years ago

OR if Douglas County and JOCO refused to report taxes to the state other communities might find themselves supporting their own public schools.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 years ago

If they make Lawrence pay more taxes for the University, then students who graduated from Lawrence high schools should only have to pay half the tuition. That would make Lawrence grow!

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hipper_than_hip 7 years ago

"Has anyone considered tracking the students who attend Kansas Board of Regents universities and then taxing those home counties where students reside?"

Community colleges track where their students are from and the home counties pay for their residents attending out-of-county schools, so applying this principal to regents schools seems like a good idea to me.

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Speakout 7 years ago

Diane,

Of course the University of Kansas and every other University in the world tracks where their students are from and where they go after graduation. I am a grad of Maryland and I get letters from them asking for money at least 4 or 5 times a year. I also graduated from Emporia, and they, too, send me a letter every month asking for donations for this or that. Yes, the University is attended by many students from all over the USA and the world. There are students here from China, Japan, Jordan, United Kingdom, Somalia, Senegal and a thousand other places. It is the State of Kansas that MUST support this great University. Either increase tuition or get support from ALL KANSAS taxpayers.

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small_fish_in_small_pond 7 years ago

Nicely done....You bring up some good points that I didn't think of.

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