Though many students might think that having a student ID that doubles as a debit card is a great idea, they should pay attention to the rates they are charged, as the university might not have the students’ best interests in mind.
Archive for March 18th, 2008
The Consumer Reports blog had an item about Reebok agreeing to pay a $1 million civil penalty in the case where the young boy died after he swallowed a lead charm that came with a pair of sneakers. The post quotes Consumer Product Safety Commission Chair Nancy Nord as saying that “this civil penalty sends a clear message that the CPSC will not allow companies to put children’s safety at risk . . . Preventing dangerous metal jewelry from reaching the hands of children is a priority for our agency” It’s all well and good that the CPSC has shown Reebok the back of its hand, but, all things considered, it amounts to more of a love tap than anything else.
An open and accountable government is a cornerstone of our democracy. As Americans, it is our right and our duty to know how government operates; transparency is one of the great checks we have against corruption and tyranny. Yet, during the past seven years, President Bush has gone to extremes to keep the workings of his administration in the shadows, away from public scrutiny.