Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-04-141
|Previous||1 of 12||Next|
small (250x250 max)
medium (500x500 max)
large ( > 500x500)
Loading content ...
INSIDE The o n WSI I rime trark :U!wf CQJTT at home, See page 5 T-x4 -a. wfc,... Volume 65 Issue 85 Middle East not related to rising gas costs, oil use By Carolyn Losee business editor The Signpost . Driving a car costs more than people think. There are hidden expenses that are not estimated in the retail price Americans pay for gasoline. Drivers paying $1 .80 for a gallon of regular gasoline would be amazed to learn what a gallon of gas really costs. According to the International Center for Technology Assessment in Washington D.C,. the hidden or external costs if added to the retail price of gasoline would result in $6 to $15 per gallon. "People just aren't aware how much it really costs to drive a car," said Bob Hardy, owner of seven gas stations in Utah and Idaho. "Driving a car is an American luxury." r 4 1 V, n' " '5 nf 1 v.. 1 r-'.. Playing with the big boys WSU Quarterback Ian Pazarro was the first scrimmage game www.wsusignpost.com "The market for oil is not a national market, it is a world market. This means that the market for oil is determined globally instead of locally. If we were to stop importing oil from the Middle East, other nations would gladly pick up the excess supply. Money would scarcely cease flowing to the Middle East." Dan Fuller WSU economics professor Consumers pay a high price tag indirectly through federal and state subsidy programs, increased taxes and the effects of oil production on the environment, CTA said. To begin, the federal government provides the oil industry with tax breaks designed so domestic companies can better compete with the international producers. CTA said the federal government has several tax break programs that benefit oil companies to the tunc of $17 billion in subsidies. f i 1 A HllhlllWA j 8--": V . ' ,sr ' ' ' , ' gets tackled in Saturday's scrimmage football game. This of the season. Monday, April 14,2003 Richard Alston, Weber State University economics professor, cannot verify the exactness of the estimated hidden costs of gasoline made by the CTA, however, CTA is certainly approaching the topic appropriately, Alston said. "The price of gas paid at the pump in the U.S.A. doesn't come close to measuring the hidefen costs imposed on society," Alston said. Alston said he guesses that if the See product page 3 Tips to Save Gas and Improve Mileage Choose to walk, bike, bus or car pool. Combine errands into one trip. Replace the air filter regularly. Tune the car sooner in cold weather and In heavy traffic. Use an "energy conserving" oil, an EC or EC-II motor oil. Remove any unnecessary weight from the vehicle. Take the rack off the top of the car. Wind drag reduces mileage. Use the air conditioner only when necessary, especially in traffic. Driving 55 MPH will save 10-15 vs. driving 65 MPH. Fast starts, sudden slops, weaving in and out of traffic lowers mileage. A cold engine gets terrible mileage, about one third of a warm one. Buying gas on a busy highway can cost 10 cents more per gallon. Gas companies offer a 1-3 discount if using its Visa or MasterCard. Don't use a higher octane than needed. Look at the car manual. Try a different brand of gas (same octane) for better car performance. After filling, turn over the' pump nozzle to drain left-over gas into the tank. Don't fill the tank right up to the top. A half-gallon of gas can ieak out. Idle the car for only a minute and drive it slowly for a few minutes. Correct tire pressure saves gas and up to 50 on the cost of tires. Proper tire alignment Improves gas milage and tire wear. ' - INFORMATION COMPii.tD BY 1HC SlCMPOH Medical coding finds its way to campus By Wendy Leonard special assignments The Signpost With the approval of a new program, the College of Health Sciences can continue to provide solutions for the growing demand of health care. Weber State University trustees approved the plan to offer an institutional certificate for health care coding and classification. "What this means is that we can fill the void between health care providers and insurance companies who approve payment for their services," said Stewart Thomas, human resource representative from a local medical transcription service. Medical coders translate health conditions into about 80,000 codes for insurance companies. With the emergence of competing pharmaceutical and various medical products, each diagnosis has to meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for treatment of a certain drug. Medical coding translates that approval. An industry journal recently reported a national shortage of medical coders. "The codes allow insurance companies an added protection and authorization to be able to provide necessary treatment," Thomas said. "Physicians provide services and want reimbursement for what they do." Health care has been an area of increased demand. There is great need for qualified professionals to care for the growing numbers of patients, partly due to aging baby-boomers. The coding profession is ranked as one of the top 10 fastest-growing jobs in the nation. "It's filling a need for Utah to attract more jobs to Utah," Trustee Doug Holmes said. The certificate, which can be obtained through WSU Online, replaces a certificate of completion previously offered by the health administration department of the College of Health Professions. "Now that it's going to be offered at WSU, I might seriously consider it, because my mom has done medical transcription before and I think they are similar," said Melanic Christcnscn, WSU student. The program is offered within the health information technology program at WSU. Health information technicians perform the essential functions of maintaining health data and records in acute, long-term and ambulatory health care setting. Students usually receive accreditation after completion of the two-year program. The certificate is seen as making it easier to lure coding businesses to Utah while making students eligible for financial aid. Statewide, universities arc looking at prioritizing programs offered on campuses. Since the legislative session, costs are being closely reviewed. You can reach reporter Wendy Leonard by calling 626-7 (J 5.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-04-14, Vol. 65, No. 85|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|