....Within the past 5 years there has been recently licensed CB'ers who now think they know everything because they passed a couple of stupid "fill in the bubble" SCAMTRON tests. Wish it was back like the 60's when you had to go to a FCC office and do it the right way, then half of these CB fools would not be clogging these airwaves and kerchunking repeaters around here all day.....
If it were not for the changes, ham radio may well be nearing extinction. It was the FCC that pushed the testing to outside, since they supposedly had no funding to continue it. It wasn't the ARRL or any of the other volunteer examiner coordination outfits that demanded to let the VE system be set up.
It may be true that there are a lot of people who have bad habits that have come on since that change, but for every one of those 'bad apples' there are many more who DO do things the correct way--sometimes better than the long time hams who did the testing in front of a FCC examiner, and who now occupy portions of the HF bands where bad habits are the norm--or don't you actually visit the various bands--like 75/80 meters?
Why don't you bring yourself and your supposed good habits into the present instead of lamenting about what used to be? The past is NOT coming back, no matter how much you grumble and grouse about it. 73.