Wednesday, February 24, 2010


There was an interesting, if obscure, story of about a representative of local travel agencies addressing a Community College Board Meeting, complaining that John Wood Community College did not use the services of any of these local providers.
My first impression of all this was something to the effect that "a junior college needs a travel agency like a pigeon needs rollerskates." 
Other people, however, present a school of thought that the Junior College arranges "bus tours". If this is something more than simply sending people to seminars or perhaps to present professional papers, then this becomes a topic worthy of discussion. 
The first, obvious, question that arises is "What is a junior/community college doing sponsoring bus tours, anyhow?" It should be noted that JWCC has an independent charitable foundation overseen by its own board and it is possible this independent foundation might be sponsoring bus tours as a fundraiser.
The second question is whether the College sought Requests for Proposals and whether any local travel outlets provided responses [for all the knucks out there, and is different from "bids"]. 
In any event, Your Friendly Basin is open to being educated on this topic and I hope some of the local travel agents/Commenter will come in here and state their position, with factual support, with more clarity. The coverage in the local media outlets was a little vague on what, exactly, the college is doing and what it is, exactly, that the agents wish the college to do. 
In any event, knowledgeable, informed contributors are invited. Opinionated/uninformed commenters are invited to put a sock in it.


At 7:28 AM, February 24, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some bus tours are conducted through Community and continuing education:

At 9:28 AM, February 24, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Thank you for the link. So I guess "Cosmotologists" are going to study the hair show. Funny why guys who study the cosmos would go that. You would think it would be "Cosmetologists". Silly me.

So I guess that gets me back to the other questions "Where do the buses come from?"


At 3:40 PM, February 24, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...

All Right, let me be more direct: I am hoping Ms. Kosin will come in here and tell what she knows and what she hope. I really want her to post her side of this story. Somebody tell her to hop on.

My mind is open and inquiring.

At 6:23 AM, February 25, 2010, Blogger TOOKIE said...

From what I know the local travel agencies wanted answers as to why their taxes go into having JWCC compete against them . There was a letter written to JWCC first signed by the agencies .

I think it is a valid question and jwcc should answer them . It is the same way with the OLC in the catering business . That is a crossing of a line when they are supported by tax dollars to compete vs the companies that support them .

At 6:47 AM, February 25, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why don't you just pick up a phone?

At 12:10 PM, February 25, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...


That would make for a riveting public forum, wouldn't it?

At 3:00 PM, February 25, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:10 PM

There's little evidence of any riveting public forums on this site.

At 8:42 AM, February 26, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Tookie points out , the OLC is in the catering business and is increasingly in the bar biz. As a legit business member I am also very upset that my taxes are subsidizing my competition.How do we hold these government agents to their original purposes?

At 9:33 AM, February 26, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...


I know little of what the OLC's activities are but I can raise two thoughts:

1. Only in the most abstract terms are your taxes subsidizing anything the OLC does. The OLC is funded by taxes paid by visitors to our city, not by those of local taxpayers. BUT, I will give you "supported" in this way. The City guarantees the bonds through which the OLC funding came from. If the OLC stopped business now, for whatever reason, your tax dollars would then be in play to pay the bonds. So you're only right on that one in the most abstract way.

2. Is feeding people who come your own physical plant being in the "catering business?" So far as I know, OLC does not go to other locations and "cater." This is not to say it wouldn't be better to have a strategic partnership with an existing catering service (especially since we have such good ones here.).

Interesting and useful thoughts. TYFCB.

At 1:31 PM, February 26, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Relax, they don't have Sunday Ticket!!


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