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Nov. 16, 2012 @ 12:05 AM

Parking remains a problem at MU

I am writing about parking at Marshall University. In August, I purchased a parking pass for the full year for $155. On Monday, Oct. 22, I had to park off campus and walk six blocks to get to class. I ended up being late due to the parking fiasco. Why is parking a problem?

Marshall has decided to build a new building for classes for the engineering department on two of the faculty lots. Due to this, they decided to cut out six rows of parking in the student lots for trailers and other building necessities. The faculty has to park somewhere, so naturally they start flooding into our student lot, which has always been crowded.

Over the summer, Marshall decided to build a new parking garage next to the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse to ease traffic problems. The issue? It costs 50 cents per hour to park there. On Thursdays alone, I am on campus from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. That is $6.50 every Thursday to park there, after I had already paid $155 to park in the student lot. What makes this situation more outrageous is lack of communication on Marshall's part. No warning was given to the student body about the parking being taken away when it was.

I am in no way upset about there being an engineering building built there. However, after reading recent articles about making adjustments in the stadium and building new sports complexes, I am appalled. Marshall, spend the money on parking. You are an ACADEMIC institution, not a sports institution.

Without parking, how do you expect your students to get to their classes? My advice is to keep clear communication and also to think about your students before wasting your time (and space) on unnecessary sports endeavors.

Eddie Short

Huntington

C-K area needs to bring in a motel

This letter is addressed to Mayor Griffith of Kenova and to the members of the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau:

Having that Taco Bell right off the interstate is great (if it ever opens) but I think we should be trying to get a motel in that area also. There is room across from Taco Bell.

If you want to attract visitors, you have to have things they will need -- like room and board plus a good place to eat. I urge everyone in power to do so, to look into this matter as soon as possible. It would be great if we could get one in here by this time next year. Imagine how many families would be coming in for AutumnFest and to see the Pumpkin House? The tourism dollars that would come in through the motel would trickle down to several other businesses in the area.

Think about it. Act on it.

Shirley Danysh

Kenova

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