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SEPTA - the main public transportation service in SE PA - has printed a controversial adverstisements on their "weekly student transportation passes."  The photo is National Guards-woman, and as a rider of the system, this is out of character.  What is dangerous about these advertisements is that children as young as 10 years old are using these passes to go to and from school on daily basis.  These passes take the classic recruiter out of the high school cafeteria and imprints a benevolent military image into the minds of those whose brains are not fully developed.  
The controversial photo can be found on this link "Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority: Printing National Guard Advertisements on Student Transpasses"  

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  •  well, I don't know about the student passes (1+ / 0-)
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    Adam B

    advertisements, but for a long time they have often had ads on the regular weekly/monthly Trail Pass. I have a bunch of old passes laying around that advertised for the University of the Sciences, all with different photos of various nerdy looking students.

    When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in excess body fat & carrying a misspelled sign.

    by InsultComicDog on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 07:09:34 PM PST

    •  I guess because (1+ / 0-)
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      InsultComicDog

      I took the train into school everyday when I was in high school, I am only making an assumption because they are pictures of trains with no need to advertise to suburbanites.  But still, this isn't necessary and shouldn't be going out to kids between 5th and 12th grades.

  •  The diarist must not be from around here. (3+ / 0-)
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    FG, JamesGG, InsultComicDog

    It's called SEPTA, and it's only called SEPTA. It's never spelled out.

    I have no problem with SEPTA including advertising revenue from legal sources (save alcohol/tobacco) to defray the cost of subsidized student transport.  If you'd rather make public transportation more expensive in this time of fiscal difficulty, well, I don't live in that world.

    •  I live (0+ / 0-)

      in Horsham and took SEPTA everyday for high school.  So please leave the crass out of it because I spelled out the transportation agency for others to know.  I support getting advertising money from sources, but this is borderline praying on the young to see the military as a benevolent force when it's not.  

  •  I'm with Adam (2+ / 0-)
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    Adam B, InsultComicDog

    It's called SEPTA, and only SEPTA, and not sure if you're paying attention to the rather grave state Pennsylvania's transportation system is in, but we need those dollars. Refusing ad money means fare hikes and employee layoffs, plain and simple. And SEPTA's better off compared to the Port Authority out in Pittsburgh.

    Also, I don't think kids pay much attention to the ads. I sure didn't when I rode SEPTA.

    pseudoscience can kill

    by terrypinder on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 04:45:02 AM PST

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