Consensus Is Clear

Hi Ron!

I enjoyed your article in the PRB Week-Ender (Is College Worth It?). I find it shocking that when I graduated from college in 2005, my student loan balances were very similar to what they still are today. Makes you wonder why you spend that much on education, but you are correct—I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Julianne Chadwick

Recreation Supervisor

Jaycee Park Center for Arts & Crafts

Greenville, N.C.

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I read your article about the true worth of a college education. You were so on the mark.

I did not need a college degree to get into the career path I chose—working for the federal government. However, I always thought that a well-rounded person should be further educated if possible. I worked full time and went to school a couple of nights per week for several years and eventually graduated from the only college within commuting distance where I lived—a community college. Yep, got my AA and was proud of myself for that accomplishment. I then kept on taking classes because they were there and they were interesting. That is what an education is worth to me—KNOWING stuff, being exposed to ideas. You never know what you like or are good at until you try things. College is ideal for that.

It was refreshing to read your article.

Betty Phillips

Carmichael Park, Calif.

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As part of their focus on improving dealer and customer support, Terex Environmental Equipment now offer a structured training program for their global dealer network.

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Propane Council Extends Incentive Program

Washington —The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) recently extended its Propane Mower Incentive Program through 2013, giving landscape contractors another full year to apply for more than $1 million in incentives toward the purchase of new propane-fueled commercial mowers or propane mower conversion kits.

Applicants accepted into the program can receive either $1,000 toward each newly purchased propane-fueled commercial mower or $500 toward qualified mowers converted to run on propane. The incentive can be applied toward up to 25 mowers per applicant, including both new and qualified conversion propane mowers. Program participants must report to PERC on the equipment’s performance and usage for one mowing season.

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