Northwestern University football players are voting today on whether to join a union. How do you think they should vote?

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  1. Voting

    I 'd be willing to bet those that are allowed to vote are required to show I.D.  Strange how it's important for this issue but not Presidential Elections. 

    1. Not Strange

      Actually, federal law requires all voters to identify themselves in elections, which is why you have to state your name and provide a signature that matches the one on record. The question is whether a government-issued picture ID, which not all people have, should be required to exercise a fundamental right (which voting is, but union elections and plane rides are not). I suspect that the Northwestern students will be allowed to use their student IDs, which photo ID election laws do not allow, since the purpose of these laws is to discourage voting by the young, the poor, minorities, and the elderly.

      1. LOL John

        The purpose of the voter id laws is to help insure fair elections. Your statements are quite laughable. What is required when people exercise their early voting rights? Could it be a valid photo id? Does this mean that some people are deprived of their early voting rights?

        I guess the embarrassment to the democrats would be when the walking dead try to vote using a photo id of their tomb stones.

        Getting back to the Northwestern footballs players vote for the union, it will prove them right. The scholarship is for football, not an education. This will result in the football players paying taxes on their scholarships and, possibly, Northwestern not being allowed to participate in NCAA football.

  2. Benefit of ‘Yes’ vote on Union

    A big benefit might be that everyone realize—if they have blind to it all these years—is to recogniize that the sports programs are a university 'business', the players are there to get into pro-sports and that funds are devoted to 'pro-sports' and not education of student or even the health of ALL students through intra-mural sports and sport for the personal development and fun of students—-instead of students and adults vicarious enjoyment—which of course does their health no good.

    This may cause NU [from self-realization or the effect on team play and costs] to get back to—do I dare say 'education' which seems to have been pushed to the back-burner by sports and 'professional' job training like music, theater, journalism.

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