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In New York I had to sign my name in front of poll workers. They had a copy of my signature from my voter registration form. Comparing signatures seems a reasonable way to establish identity. In Connecticut I am required to show identification, but not necessarily a photo ID. There are lots of ways to prevent fraud without suppressing the vote.
In the event that it did not come to your attention, you may be amused/bemused to learn that there is currently a potential voter fraud issue in Massachusetts. It appears, however, not to involve a voter, but a politician running for office.
In today's strip Jimmy Crow mentions 86 cases of fraud. According to this New York Daily News story, there were 46,000 voters registered in both New York and Florida. It is not known how many may have voted twice, but the situation represents the potential for more fraud. There is no national registry of voters.
As a long-time high school counselor in economically depressed neighborhoods, I can't applaud enough your current strips on for-profit "colleges." I've seen so many hopeful kids saddled with enormous debt and bitter disappointment by these heartless criminals. "Poke the pain," indeed! I wish we could put the strip on public transportation and, for that matter, blimp banners! Thank you.
Reading through the archives I once again find that Doonesbury ages like fine wine, or at least like surprisingly-well-made moonshine. Over a decade ago Alex, after watching Titanic one too many times, appears to have accidentally predicted her recent wedding.
Re your recent strips on trade schools and colleges: I was involved in New York State hearings on such schools in the late 1970s -- same horror stories. Nothing has changed except there is more money available to these dishonest schools.
In light of Mel's storyline, I thought readers of the strip might be interested to know that a web mini-series about sexual assault in the military has just started here.
I appreciated the recent series about for-profit universities -- and the abundance of SayWhat? quotes that accompanied it. Well done. Maybe, just maybe, one of our slash-and-burn congressmen will realize we could save billions by putting these rats out of business.
I never thought about the Troops. Then a random event in 2009 changed everything. (I wrote about it in this post: A Sailor Wrecks My Indifference.) Inspired by that event, I adopted a Soldier, and that led me to eventually help over 800 Troops. My blog, called Gina Leaves The Mall, is intended to inspire and enable support for our Troops among civilians, and help make our Troops feel appreciated.
BD should be thrilled that Walden is going public! More money in federal student loans means that he can now freaking demand more money for the football team from the college, budget-wise, and the team and the football culture at large can be used to recruit new students to go to Walden (especially since as a non-accreditted school, they need something to draw people in as well as keep their party college rep).
The real shame is that online learning really is an effective, efficient approach to education. That the field is overrun with profiteers is entirely a result of outdated student financial aid laws. Too bad Congress is so busy with, um, whatever it is they do these days to address an issue that could actually help the long-term employment situation.
I had no clue the 'for-profits' are so wont to take the money and run customers/students aground; call it a con job for job-seekers. At the very least, let's demand a sign at each 'campus' limning the cold, hard veritas: ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE.
Oh B.D., come work at the University of Arkansas. You're not going to embarrass us like Petrino did, and well, we're used to not winning.
"The Fighting Flashdrives" -- I snorted my coffee and am still laughing. The internet is many things, but it is not all things. You just proved that in a hilarious way.
My husband taught layout design for computer chips at a 'for profit' school. He failed most of his last class because they cheated, used the same layout (bought online) and of course, all the same errors in it were included. He was summoned to the boss' office and told to change their grades because the school didn't get paid if they didn't graduate. He quit on the spot.
You're always funny G.B., but today's was absolutely laugh-out-loud. Fighting Flashdrives, indeed!
With all the rich colours and big background landscape in today's strip I guess Alex's cost cutting has been cancelled and that she really has handed the strip back to Mike.
I beg you not to kill of Jeff Redfern. He has been one of the most hilarious characters in the strip.
"If we could just get Trff to speak to him. You know, tyrant to tyrant..." This is gold. Pure gold.
Thank you for tackling the subject of for-profit universities. Their corporate objectives have nothing to do with higher education and everything to do with maximizing profits at the expense of their students (to whom they lie and pander) and their employees (whom they train and treat like line cooks, with about the same pay rate). I say this as a former instructor of one of the larger, nationwide for-profit schools. Never mind the BS they feed their students during recruitment and academic or financial counseling; the curricula (at least in my field) are dated, keyed to the lowest common denominator, and inflexible. I know all too well that the systems at many traditional universities and community colleges need work, but oh man, these for-profit schools are a complete sham.