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Take a peek over Jim Borgman's shoulder

Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Downward Spiral


at 11/7/07, 5:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the Enquirer failed to endorse the CPS levy, they didn't take into account the thousands of children who will be punished for the school board's inadequacies. The way to fix Cincinnati's schools is not to ensure that they are perpetually underfunded and understaffed.

at 11/7/07, 7:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

With such a high poverty rate, many of the children in CPS need smaller classes and more personal attention, which they've been getting. Now they'll get "some hardship" as the Enquirer puts it in their patronizing editorial - larger classes and less attention. When will Cincinnatians realize that 40 to a classroom now can lead to 3 to a cell 15-20 years from now?

But Mr. Borgman, I take exception to characterizing the district as "lousy." That's wrong, and you know it. They're in Continuous Improvement, making progress. Is it getting better fast enough? No. But it is getting better. It's like you swallowed the COAST kool-aid. Perhaps you feel this cartoon redeems your earlier one, but this CPS parent doesn't think so. You're still partially responsible for absolving thousands of Cincinnatians from caring about the children of our city.

at 11/7/07, 9:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How lucky for you that your children will have graduated from CPS by the time the cuts made necessary by this levy's failure go into effect!

at 11/8/07, 4:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute drawing. Wrong analogy.
How many criminals drop out of CPS and get their "education" from the mean streets and the dope pushers that infest our community ?
How many "guests" at the "JC Hilton" get 3 warm ones and a roof while working poor choose to "cut down on beer or the kid's new gear" in this town called malice ?
(Props to Paul Weller for the last line).

at 11/8/07, 9:17 AM Anonymous Miller'sTale said...

Which way is the wind blowing today Jim?
You've become quite the hypocrite in recent months.
You pour your ink into SEVERAL cartoons condeming the CPS school levy and now you have the gumshun (sp?) to pen a cute little drawing about how those same kids you campaigned against are going to turn into criminals.
While I don't always agree with your thoughts, I used to respect the fact that you were consistent.
As a LONG time reader/viewer, you're losing your edge and its become quite sad.

at 11/8/07, 12:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the way you get around the Enquirer "party line" but still make the point that it was stupid to endorse the jail tax but oppose the school levy? It's still pretty insulting to those kids in what you call "lousy schools." My 11-year-old daughter was pretty hurt and indignant when she saw this describing her school as lousy and her classmates as future criminals.
Very nice.

at 11/8/07, 1:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's one thing to take jabs at adults, but a whole other thing to take jabs at kids.

You're classless.

at 11/9/07, 8:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of building jails, put abortion clinics on each corner. In 15 years, the crime rate will drop and there would be no need for a jail (see New York City circa 1990's).

at 11/9/07, 8:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free Government-sponsored birth-control is the answer.... and I hate Government progams, in general.

CPS & the Jail stuff have the same problem >> unlike private-sector, for-profit companies, they have no incentive to be efficient >> just keep milking the tax-payers.

at 11/10/07, 4:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:50, that's just wrong. "Keep milking the taxpayers"? The last levy for new money over and above what had been coming in was SEVEN YEARS AGO. And this latest levy , although technically "new money" would have brought in slightly less than what the old levy was for, adjusted for inflation.

And newsflash - the Ohio General Assembly has been told to come up with a better funding system. They refuse. So every district in Ohio has to do what CPS does. The other districts just do it more frequently.

at 11/11/07, 3:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, those who claim this cartoon was a slap at kids are either clueless, disingenuous or intellectually dishonest. Or some combination of the three. If you have any real points to make against this cartoon, let's see them.

at 11/14/07, 11:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the cartoon is brilliant.

at 11/15/07, 1:13 PM Anonymous Philip Shade said...

Maybe because I'm reading this from out of town I take it less personally and see it as not a description of CPS, but education across the country.

at 11/16/07, 1:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing missing from the cartoon was 2 bright shiny stadiums with bows on them. What a wonderful lesson we are teaching our kids: Sports are more important than schools & safety.

at 11/18/07, 4:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the mentally ill run both institutions - our only hope is to watch CNN all day and Oprah

at 11/20/07, 9:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

left out the third institution: the white house

at 11/23/07, 10:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

forgot the trip to the bank, the one that reo's your car and house

at 12/7/07, 10:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

switch titles on the buildings

at 12/7/07, 10:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

take note of Ohio teachers and learn what NOT to do

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