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September 23, 1988
Oh, those poor officers being demeaned by having someone watch them urinate. I suppose those enlisted folks deserve it because they aren't held "to a higher standard." Get serious, Col. Summers. I was an enlisted woman in the Navy for 4 1/2 years and I know better than to think officers won't smoke dope even if they aren't tested. I'm tired of hearing about the "honor of officers." Doesn't he think enlisted personnel ever get insulted when they constantly see one set of rules and living conditions for enlisted and another set for officers?
February 7, 1988
A temporary restraining order, issued to prevent the Marine Corps from drumming Staff Sgt. Michael Jordan out of the corps because he tested positive in a surprise drug test, was extended for 10 days Thursday by a federal judge. The Marine Corps should use the time to reconsider its action denying Jordan the special court-martial he requested to clear his name instead of being mustered out with a less-than-honorable discharge.
March 31, 1988
Kaplan proposes that we should require urinalysis for all those who are arrested (presumably while on some unspecified level of drugs) and paroled. "A positive urine sample must mean a return to jail. . . ." His argument is couched in myth and misleading rhetoric. He sees all drugs as being equal and appears to see all levels of intoxication as equal. He notes that drunken drivers lose some of their personal autonomy. Does he propose that those convicted of drunken driving be subjected to random urinalysis for alcohol, even while not driving?
July 3, 1990 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
Shamefully, the use of illicit drugs in this country supports a multibillion-dollar criminal empire ruled by drug lords, and that generally accepted fact is bad enough. But the Bush Administration, in its zeal to attack the problem, has repeatedly exaggerated and misused statistics about drug use in the workplace and its financial impact. The hype is leading to a major increase in testing that is not highly reliable.
July 3, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Major League Baseball's decision to terminate a veteran umpire last month after a reported positive drug test stirs questions about the consequences of sports' arbiters slipping to possible outcome-altering temptation. "Just because you're a sports official at the highest level doesn't mean you don't have troubles," said Barry Mano, president of the National Assn. of Sports Officials. "We pride ourselves on who we are - people of integrity with high values and strong character. "It doesn't mean there aren't missteps or wrong decisions.
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