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Questioning Some Parents' Ethics

June 09, 1989

I'm going to go right out and buy one of those great new home drug-testing devices and start using it on my kids right away ("Keeping an Eye on Kids" by Marcida Dodson, June 6).

I'm sure they'll love and respect me all the more for teaching them this sound American ethical code. It will prepare them for the real world--if they're faced with a choice between right and wrong, the first thing to consider is who's watching.

The best deterrent I can think of to keep my kids off drugs is the fear of having their VCR privileges taken away for a month. I especially look forward to reading a false positive and taking away their VCR privileges for a month even though they've never touched the stuff. That will prepare them for the new, war-on-drugs, guilty-until-proven-innocent atmosphere that's out there now. Isn't it great that they keep coming up with new opportunities for being a better parent? TAMARA PETROFF, San Pedro

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