November 18, 2003
Yes, one day talking about suicide on campus, the next? Parking tickets.
God, I suddenly feel like I'm back in that room with Bill Maher when we're talking about gun control and the local comes up complaining that she got a parking ticket in front of the library...
Anyway, Dave's suggestion is that the University require people pay up on their parking tickets or not receive their diploma. Doug says differently, that the parking ticket collection process is broken, and that it should be fixed. Doug further argues, "Fifty percent of students at Syracuse University come from New York State, see 1 and 2. Furthermore 39.7% of all living alumni are still in New York State. "
If we think for a second, 50% of people here are from here. Only 39.7% of people stay here. That means everybody that comes from outside Syracuse leaves, plus some of the locals leave.
Ideally, reparations from missing parket tickets should be collected for in-state license holders when they go to renew their licenses. I'm not sure if that is the way it currently works, but it would be nice. And then private institutions could go after ticket holders if they want. Why not?
Another Doug suggestion:
"Smoking marijuana is illegal, if Dave believes that the University should mold students to be of the highest caliber I think he should also suggest mandatory drug testing for all students. Dirty urine, no diploma."
Yes, but parking tickets are a public record. There is no invasion of privacy from examining a public record and pointing out that it ain't so hot. Mandatory drug testing is called an invasion of privacy. My urine is not a public record.
Finally, I present answers to Doug's questions:
What is the crux of the problem?
Traffic tickets go unpaid, and the money from these unpaid traffic tickets could be used to bolster the police force in the University area, to make sure that kittens do not get run over on Euclid, and that unfortunate students do not get a cap in his ass while delivering pizza.
Are students the only people who do not pay tickets?
Nope. Although this question is missing a key follow-up: Do other private organizations impose penalties for owing the state money?
Most law firms don't want you if you have outstanding tickets. Hell, you can't even take the bar exam most places if you have outstanding tickets. The government doesn't like it and will harass you (including federal, or other Sovereign states).
Who is in charge of fixing the problem?
Seeing as how the government is simply representative of the people, the people are responsible. You could argue that it is the government's job solely, but it is in the interests of the people to see this problem resolved (see answer #1 and next answer).
Who is a state actor?
See the answer to the previous question. Remember companies cannot exist without the state government to recognize them. Companies should help the state out where they can.
Who is a private institution?
Syracuse University, me, you, the state of New York, depending on your scope of "private". Of course, we're all shareholders in the state...