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City helps students stop polluting

By Casey Finstad
Arizona Daily Wildcat
November 30, 1998
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To the editor,

I would like to voice my minority opinion and say that I support the city's plan to sell parking permits.

I will support anything that induces more people to seek alternate methods of transportation. If I had my way, I wouldn't even allow any able-bodied students to park on campus.

It would be one thing if we were attending school in Minnesota, but we're not. It (almost) never snows in Tucson, and rain is rare. There is no reason to pollute the air, consume fossil fuels, and add to congestion problems by driving to school when a person can easily ride a bike or a bus.

If there were more people riding busses, the city would be able to expand the public transportation system and make it convenient for everyone. I know Americans are too in love with their cars to care about global warming or scarcity of fossil fuels, but I can dream of the day when the oil finally runs out and we are forced to find an alternative. We should save the oil for other stuff - like making plastic.

And as long as I am preaching from my soapbox, I would like to comment about how laughable it is to hear so many students complaining about the city's proposed parking plan. Only a small fraction of UA students voted in the last election. Does anyone think city officials are going to care what our apathetic student body thinks if we don't even vote?

Casey Finstad
Chemical engineering graduate student