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Published: Monday, Aug. 12 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

This reflects ongoing anti-university sentiment across the nation, which is damaging higher ed. Legislatures are cutting funding, requiring universities to increase tuitions and creating a debt burden on young people even before having a job. Universities are partly to blame for this situation as they've not communicated their value to society -- educating the workforce, creating radical innovations that create new companies and technologies, etc. Universities need to get their acts together.

Additionally, research is costly, requiring deep pockets, and America is facing China, which is all too happy to subsidize and fund specific industries it wants to dominate (such as solar).

Fast Company has an interesting article about a new wind turbine innovation that is taking years to develop and how Silicon Valley venture capitalists prefer "social media" start-ups over renewable energy, simply because social media is cheap and low risk (develop a new website), even if they have very little long-term value for society.

Renewable energy innovation, nonetheless, takes years of testing, but the payoff could be huge in terms of efficient pollution-free, domestic energy. But companies want fast paybacks, so government funding for universities is needed for those BIG innovations.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Oh, and don't forget who invented the Internet. It was the government through scientific and academic universities across the country. Yes, the government built the Internet.

And yes, it was Al Gore who sponsored Congressional legislation in 1992 to allow businesses to operate on the Internet, which led to the rise of Amazon, Facebook, iTunes, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. Imagine if the government had NOT created the Internet... You probably wouldn't be reading the Des News online.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Here we go again -
another anti-Education, Anti-progressive, spend $Trillions for Bush Wars and Wallstreeet bailouts - Repulican...

Where were guys like this on the Atomic bomb, Space program, and the Jarvik VII artificial heart?
[cheering I suppose.]

Ironic more so, how he uses the "Internet" and "Computers" to send in the complaint.

IBTW - have YET to see a public corporation research and develop the grand daddy golden goose of all time -- a cure for cancer.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

I would like to ask the author who among the top 2% and what multi-national corporations have sacrificed. They have received the greatest tax cuts, and provided the fewest jobs in 50 years and yet the real job creators, the middle class has seen no corresponding share to the increase of our national income. You speak of balance, then balance it. D

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

OMM: There's too much money to be made "treating" cancer to ever come up with a cure...

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Perhaps funneling some of that sports money into innovation, instead of paying coaches more than the governor.
Maybe it's time to realize thats while being healthy may require being activity which sports provide, is far from higher education and can't possible improve scientific innovation, unless you consider gatorade a technical achievement.

Time to spend more on books than balls kids.

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