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Published: Tuesday, May 7 2013 11:26 a.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Wonderful news!

Go Utes!

Fitz
Murray, UT

If it was not for the donations for the construction of the building and the extra donations, such as the one in the story, about achieving a LEEDS Platinum rating, I would be pointing out that spending tax payer dollars, as well as, in this instance, student dollars, on a building that exceeds design and construction requirements of the State's Silver Leeds rating & is a poor expenditure of funds.

The Legislature's staff should be closely monitoring this project to insure that funds are not expended that exceed the current State standard of a Silver Leeds rating. I would also suggest the the Legislature pass a law limiting all State, County, and City buildings be limited to a Silver Leeds rating. State, County, and City governments are spending our tax dollars trying to achieve a piece of paper and a plaque that says I am environmentally friendly. But the reality is that the buildings can be designed and built to the Silver level without paying fees to a non-governmental organization that made up these criteria, which can only be labeled as arbitrary. Where are our elected leaders? (answer: they are spending more tax dollars than needed.)

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

If anyone was really interested in helping people live better lives, they would be building more schools for doctors and nurses, not lawyers.

And, spending excessively to achieve the blessing of the most radical of environmentalists is a very poor investment. No one should be wasting energy, but rational people admit that costs versus benefits comparisons do not justify the extremes that the enviros fantasize about.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

DN Subscriber: There are enough doctors and nurses. What needs to happen is affordable healthcare for everyone. A single payer system where the bills are paid by government funds. The US outspends the next 26 nations combined, in military spending. The money is there, it just goes to fund new ways to kill people, it doesn't go to fund new ways the help them live.

jdub1942
PROVO, UT

What you don't understand there Ernest is that the first thing that happens when military spending is cut is that the Soldiers, Airmen, and sailors are the ones that suffer.

Also if healthcare didn't pay so much we wouldn't have the brightest minds studying medicine. Look at the other countries that have socialized medicine, there taxes are through the roof and their healthcare systems suck. Their best and brightest come to America to study and practice medicine, so fail on that idea.

I don't get why people get so caught up in all these feel good legislation ideas that really have no legs to stand on.

tdlawton
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@DN Subscriber 2:

Your desire to produce more Doctors & Nurses vs Lawyers is duly noted, I think that is simplistic, but I will acknowledge you opinion.

I assume you have heard of the University of Utah Medical School? It is the only Medical School in the State of Utah and I think it can be safely described and one of the best (possibly the best) Medical School in the Mountain Time Zone (#48 nationally).

Utah also has a fine School of Nursing which produces many of the States RNs (ranked #36 nationally).

Utah is also starting a Dental School which should provide the State with a stream of quality Dentists into the future.

The UofU happens to have a dynamic Law School that is getting national respect (Top-50 and rising). The S.J. Quinney College (Utah) recently passed BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School in the national rankings and the new facilities at Utah should widen that gap.

I will just point out that BYU produce no Doctors or Dentists at all. BYU does have a Nursing School, but it ranks well below Utah's.

A "University" implies doing many things, producing Doctors, & Nurses, & Engineers, & Scientists, & yes Lawyers.

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