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Letter: Misguided spending at UNH

Parents of UNH students, gird your loins. The University of New Hampshire is planning another senseless assault on your wallet. After spending $100,000 to some highfalutin New York City ad agency for three new UNH logo designs that will never be used (whatever happened to buy local, or at least buy New Hampshire?), UNH has plans for a $9 million to $36 million renovation of the student playground, also known as a recreation facility.

According to an article in the student newspaper, the Sterling, Va.-based architect (buying local again?) has developed four plans, with the most expensive option expanding and completely renovating the 104,000-square-foot Hamel Recreation Center. Do the citizens of New Hampshire really want UNH to expend millions on a facility that will only entice its students to spend less time studying, reading, thinking, writing, experimenting, designing, debating, volunteering, exploring, analyzing, creating and learning – essentially less time engaging in activities that one spends $120,000 to $160,000 to attend UNH to begin with?

So, fellow like-minded New Hampshire citizens, let’s give a much-needed hand to our debt-saddled friends and neighbors struggling to afford UNH tuition and fees.

Contact the university system board of trustees and give them a dose of horse sense Barney Fife style: “You’ve got to nip it, nip it in the bud.”

JAMES A. HEWITT

Durham

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