LETTER: MU bill for $0 makes no sense

Thursday, March 10, 2011 | 4:29 p.m. CST; updated 4:41 p.m. CST, Thursday, March 10, 2011

COLUMBIA — It seems to me that I read about a month ago in one of the newspapers that the employees of MU's Division of Information Technology had all gotten merit raises in pay. That's fine and dandy. I'm always glad to see someone is doing well.

Why? Well, I just got a bill from MU for $0 with an envelope for remittance. But, notated on the bill were the words "Zero balance — Do not pay."

Fine. I was on the verge of sending a check for $0 and no cents. What makes no sense is why some genius at MU has not figured out how to reprogram the computer to not send a statement when nothing is owed — save money, time and trees. You are "green" at MU, are you not?

I suspect there are lots of other areas of the division that could stand a little housecleaning, too. I will leave that up to the literati in the computer science field.

Gary M. Greenlee lives in Columbia.

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