Letters to the Editor: March 19 - 26 | Opinion | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Letters to the Editor: March 19 - 26

Bitter lesson

Charlie Deitch's "Art of the Deal" [March 12] detailed how expensive a certain local for-profit school was and how its graduates were not getting paid enough to deal with all of the student debt that they had accumulated. This article struck a chord with me because I myself am a victim of a different for-profit technical school in the local area.

I spent 16 months of my life and $25,000 to go to my school. The tour guide lied to me about many things (how big the class sizes were, how much money I'd be making when I got out, etc.). My degree is practically worthless. I graduated second in my class, and was offered $9-an-hour crap jobs from the career-placement office there. Yet, I watched every day as the owner of this school drove his multiple luxury cars into the parking lot.

I will say unequivocally to anybody considering one of these schools that they are nothing but money-making operations and scams. I implore people reading this not to make the same mistake that I did. Don't give these thieves your money, and don't believe their slick marketing and lies.

-- Jason Depew, Bloomfield


Demanding transparency from local museum

Re "Bodies of Evidence" [Feb. 27]: There is another aspect to the Carnegie Science Center Bodies controversy, which few people know about.

In 1983, I created a life-sciences exhibit for the original Buhl Planetarium in Allegheny Center, called the "BioCorner" Embryology Exhibit, where the public could watch chicks, and occasionally ducklings, hatch every weekend. I also assisted in Buhl's human-anatomy presentation called "Transpara," a clear, plastic, life-size model of a human woman, showing the organs of the human body. Each organ would light up as it was being explained.

In the very early stages of planning for the Carnegie Science Center, they considered moving "Transpara" to the new Science Center, to be an automated exhibit. That did not happen. In the 1990s, they sold "Transpara" to the Cleveland Health Museum, to be used as spare parts for their transparent-woman exhibit.

Certainly, "blockbuster" exhibits are necessary for museums to be able to afford to continue to carry out their mission. However, if the Carnegie Science Center had decided that human-anatomy education was to be an important part of its mission, "Transpara" should have been kept and used over the last 17 years, before any type of Bodies traveling exhibit became available.

-- Glenn A. Walsh, Mount Lebanon

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