February 4, 2006
Re "His cup runneth over with annoyance," Current, Jan. 29 When a newspaper like The Times forces job candidates to submit to drug tests, it is an unwitting conspirator in a culture war that should have ended with the Vietnam War. Drug tests are essentially lifestyle tests. Despite a short-lived high, marijuana is the only drug that stays in the human body long enough to make urinalysis a deterrent. Synthetic drugs are water soluble and exit the body quickly. If you think drug users don't know this, think again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1986
During the tenure of this ostensibly conservative government I have watched with dismay as the same people who give lip service to getting government off the backs of the people have consistently made inroads into the private lives of American citizens. Now that we have an example of a girl informing on her parents' drug use, Nancy Reagan and a score of others laud her "right-mindedness" and devotion to her family. Although I recognize that there is a drug problem in this country, it still frightens me when the proof of a citizen's right-mindedness and moral rectitude is demonstrated by children informing on their parents or "voluntary" urinalysis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1988
Harry Summers (Op-Ed Page, Sept. 8) makes a case for exempting military officers from random urinalysis drug-testing. His reasoning is that to require commissioned officers to provide urine specimens is to call into question "the honor of the officer corps." He quotes, approvingly, the Navy lieutenant who refused to provide a sample, and who called the procedure "demeaning and degrading." I am a career Navy petty officer with 16 years of service, and I recently served as urinalysis program coordinator for a command to which I was attached.
June 5, 1990
International Remote Imaging Systems Inc., a Chatsworth maker of urinalysis machines, reported a net loss of $58,403 in the quarter that ended March 31 on a 4% gain in revenue to $1.08 million. A year earlier, it lost $397,417 on $1.04 million in revenue. The company said the loss narrowed because of increased product sales and lower operating expenses.
May 29, 1986 |
A federal employees' union filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in an attempt to stop the Customs Service from requiring workers to undergo urinalyses to detect use of illegal drugs. Robert Tobias, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said such a drug-screening program is "lunacy" and violates the constitutional rights of Customs Service employees. The union represents about 4,000 customs employees, most of whom guard U.S. borders, ports and international airports.
August 6, 1989 |
Jim Doehring, a 1988 Olympic shotputter, is caught in a contradiction: He is concerned about the abuse of steroids but is not willing to give up his own use for fear of being left behind. Doehring admitted Friday that he has used steroids to help him remain a world-class track and field competitor, but he also said he wishes he didn't feel a need to do so. "I'd love to do that (compete drug-free against drug-free opponents)," he said. "I know I can throw clean just as far as anyone can."