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February 20, 1987
Henry David Thoreau once wrote, "Shams and delusions are esteemed for soundest truths, while reality is fabulous." Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates' article (Editorial Pages, Feb. 13), "Drug Tests Are a Public-Safety Issue," brings to life Thoreau's warning. Wearing the cloak of a well-intentioned, sincere, public servant, Gates ridicules the police officers under his control who claim that his drug-testing policies infringe on their Fourth Amendment rights. Using the idiom of the day, Gates justifies his policy with a broad, paintbrush stroke: "It is no more intrusive than the requirement for periodic eye, heart, and mental-health examinations that officers undergo routinely to ensure their fitness."
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?
June 18, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Federal air safety regulators have proposed fining United Airlines $584,375 for allegedly failing to properly perform drug tests on workers in safety-sensitive areas. The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday accused the airline of transferring 13 employees to safety-sensitive positions before it received the results of their drug and alcohol tests. The violations took place throughout the airline and included workers on the flight crew, maintenance and service teams, FAA spokesman Paul Turk said.
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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