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April 03, 2009

$25,000 for ‘walking bus?’

The Star reported on a “walking bus” program for elementary school pupils (3/31, Local, “The wheels on the bus don’t go round and round ... but the kids still get to school; Local effort mirrors national trend encouraging students to walk in groups to and from school”). It was reported that 28 kids have joined the program.

The idea is to foster exercise, cut down on traffic and support community development. It is an idea that is easy to support. What I find amazing is that the program requires $25,000 in grants from Overland Park and the Kansas Department of Transportation.

If it requires $25,000 to get 28 children to occasionally walk to school, we are all too rich, too careless with our tax dollars or just simply crazy. It makes you wonder how the rest of our tax money is being spent.

John Crowe
Kansas City

Comments

chalveyob

That must be why people are flocking to Norway for their healthcare. Oh thats right they aren't. You have to laugh at morons who claim socialized medicine is the answer yet every country using this method has cut back benefits, and is going broke trying to pay for it. Just an FYI your average salary for Norwegians is not even close, and the US has by far the higher standard of living in the world, last time I checked there were over 300 million of us, not 4.6 million like in Norway. Give it a rest, and pay for your own healthcare you lazy slacker!

Engineer

devin
One word, rationing.

Kee

But wait you could go to Canada Roger, I hear the wait for an MRI there is now down to just 4 months!

Roger Lambert

Thanks Devin. Next time I get sick I'll fly to Norway.

devin

My wife just got a bill from her one-week stay in a Norwegian hospital. (Naturally, her insurance company is refusing to pay.) The grand total for one week of hospital stay, tests, prescriptions, emergency treatment, etc.? $2500. Not exactly cheap, but a heck of a lot cheaper than in the US. That's not the citizen rate, that's the full cost. And average salaries in Norway run close to $100k, so you can't chalk it up to cheap labor.

Go on warning about the high cost of government run health care. But while you're at it, why don't you name one example of a government-run health care system that costs more than the US health care system? Oh, that's right, there aren't any. Despite the fact numerous countries have higher costs of living and numerous countries receive better health care outcomes by just about any objective measure, not a single one of them spends more on health care than we do.

But don't let the facts get in the way of a good ol' fear of the boogeyman.

Engineer

John Crowe obviously doesn't understand the expense of paper work, the salaries of coordinators, etc. Do we have a small scale demonstration of why government health care will save us all so much money?

 
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