Monday, July 23, 2007

The state doesn't understand "if it ain't broke don't fix it."

I'm one of those individuals who thinks if there's nothing wrong with something why spend money to fix it? It's really common sense to me. I suppose I tend to associate with people who live by common sense and so most folks reading this who know me will likely think as I do on this matter.

It seems like the more a business or organization attempts to fix a problem that doesn't exist, the more time and money is spent on it. Take that problem and multiply it ten-fold when it's a government organization. One of our biggest problems with government today is that simple problems are turned into huge ones and result in committees and subcommittees and new cabinet positions and task forces and all that just to fix one simple little problem. And then there's the government entity that creates problems where one doesn't exist, at least not to anyone but the people claiming there's a problem. And so goes the saga of a state institution which claims that because they are one of the "nation's largest and most comprehensive institutions", and because they are"ranked among the best and most complex", it is important that they present "one clear image through a coordinated identification program." The institution's higher ups want to show that the institution is a "multifaceted but unified organization".

Most people still don't see where there was any confusion in identity before. There were never any known complaints from entities inside or outside so how did this become such a major issue? One can only guess.

Some time ago departments were informed they had to use up their old supply of printed materials so new ones could be purchased and everyone could be unified. But with the budget crunch, there is an extension on using up the old letterhead, envelopes, business cards, and other printed items, after which departments will have to pay good money to buy new business cards, brochures, envelopes and letterhead, all of which is now in color and not basic black ink. Departments can print out their own letterhead which must be done by a color printer.

Just wondering.....why does basic black letter head not work? It's cheap and it's effective. And most of the stuff it'll be printed on will likely wind up in someone's trash can eventually.

But I digress. The institution has published a list of things individuals can do with the letterhead, business cards and envelopes. Of course the normal average taxpayer would think that using it for its intended purpose would be the only use but of course that would be too simple. And so here it is for your the wonderful list of things one can do with letterhead, business cards, and envelopes paid for by YOUR tax dollars!

-Have notepads made at no charge
-Cut up and use as scratch paper.
-Shred and use for packaging, confetti, and pet substrate.
-Donate to your child’s school for craft and art projects.

Business cards
-Enter them in free lunch drawings at local restaurants.
-Trim and use as file cabinet labels and hanging file folder labels.
-Use as bookmarks.
-Glue on the inside cover of books to encourage borrowers to return to owner.
-Stuff a few in your wallet or purse to jot down urgent reminders, telephone numbers, to-do lists, etc.
-Staple to the inside of file folders to make room for brief notes about the contents of the file.
-Flip over and use for neat, uniform notes on bulletin boards.
-Donate to your child’s school for craft -projectsorigami, decoupage, etc.

-Continue to use for inner-office mailings, such as memos and check stubs.
-Slap a thick label over the UF logo and use for campus (or personal) mailings.
-Store seed collections in them.
-Organize small items in them—rubber bands, paper clips, keys.
-Make grocery shopping a breeze by scribbling your grocery list on the outside and storing coupons on the inside.
-Organize stacks of papers by scribbling notes on the outside of the envelope and folding the flap around the stack.

Are you kidding me?

Did they just say it was ok to use letterhead envelopes for personal use by slapping a label over the institution's name? For storing seeds? For shopping lists? I would have thought the ONLY use for all this stuff would be to use it for what it was originally intended!!

We're in a budget crisis and this is what we get.....



  1. Anonymous7/23/2007

    What a great idea for my vast collection of seeds ;) --ST

  2. That's funny, back in the 80's that's exactly what I was doing with those envelopes!

  3. Anonymous7/31/2007

    I thought the state motto was "If it ain't broke, fix it 'till it is."