VIEWPOINTS A10 • NORTHWEST PRESS • NOVEMBER 6, 2013
JEDZ would drive businesses away
We are a small business that has been in the community of Springfield Township since the 1970s. The Springfield Township administration is proposing to redistribute income from one class of people to another, such as in the spirit of socialism. The township administration is proudly proposing that the residents vote to tax businesses and their employees but not themselves. The tax would be on only the working class for the benefit of the residents. Businesses already pay more than their fair share to Springfield Township by way of the real estate tax on business property. Our small office with only seven employees pays in excess of $4,100 per year in school tax that benefits only residents. Every other business in Springfield Township pays an outrageous amount through real estate taxes to support the schools that benefit only the residents. In addition to the school tax, all businesses pay their fair share to the township for other
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services such as fire and police through real estate taxes. The township administration should be careful about biting the hand that feeds them. Business owners have the option to relocate. Will Frye Springfield Township
CH@TROOM Oct. 30 question Should schools have mandatory drug tests for students?
“I do not have a problem with a school doing random drug testing. In Ohio, Toledo St John’s and now Cincinnati LaSalle High School will be doing drug testing. I would think most students would welcome it and those that don’t might make great ACLU Lawyers down the road. Later on in life today’s students will find that most employers will also be testing. I suspect the private schools will adopt this first as the public schools’ funds are in short supply. Those that fail the test will be dealt with according to the schools’ rules and those failing the test should also pay for subsequent more frequent tests. I would think that most parents would welcome these tests. Go Figure!” T.D.T
I would love to say yes, but I would also say there are too many laws and groups that would oppose. I'm glad to see that several private, not public tax-dollar schools, have enough guts to take on checking for drugs. I again will say as I always say, as long as we have attorneys and government sticking their noses into everything we will have prolonged problems. “If it ever comes to mandatory drug testing it should not only be restricted to students, but also to teachers and administration, and be made aware to the public, as we are taxpayers and they work for us. D.J.
“During my working career it always bugged me that the rules I had to enforce and/ or obey were almost always due to the 5 percent. Somewhere I was told that about 5 percent of the people cause 90 percent of our problems. “What will mandatory drug testing correct? Who will pay
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for it? How much will the testing disrupt our schools achieving their primary mission? Mandatory drug testing goes too far.” R.V.
“Absolutely not. A school is not a prison. “If a student is abusing drugs and his or her performance at school suffers because of it then it will result in the normal school related consequences – low grades, discipline for negative behavior, etc. That is all the feedback anyone should need to become aware a student is in trouble of some sort. It is not the school's job to treat well-behaved, conscientious, average students as if they are criminals.” E.M.S.
“No on mandatory drug tests, for a number of reasons. Primarily because is gives students the message that ‘We don’t trust you’ and is an ugly invasion of privacy for students who do not use drugs. “It also seems to be a search without probable cause. It will identify a relative small percentage of students at a great cost. “And what do the schools do with the information? If a student fails the drug test does it lead to automatic suspension, mandatory drug education classes, or a permanent record? Way too many negatives and potential problems with this plan.”
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Blurred lines between movie tale and reality Several years ago I was teaching mythology. At the first class meeting I told my students that the next session they would be watching a movie about the creation of a god. When the class started there was great anticipation about what they would see. It was a classic movie, filmed in 1934 in in Europe. There was great economic distress due to World War I and a crippling inflation. The recent election seated a charismatic ruler. An early scene shows a labor camp where people are well fed and marched to work in uniforms to a military band with shovels in place of guns on their right shoulders. It shouldn’t have taken you long to figure out that the country was Germany. I saw it first in a class about the Nazi film industry. We viewed a number of films. We also learned that the Nazi party had operatives stationed outside the theaters when the movie let out. Their job was to interview the patrons and to glorify Hitler and the Nazi Party. We can be certain that dissent would lead to trouble. The movie shows many scenes of an absolutely adoring populace. One might wonder if these scenes were
scripted or if they were real. Either way, they were very effective. There is a very important point to Edward Levy COMMUNITY PRESS make. The German peoGUEST COLUMNIST ple were very carefully being indoctrinated and controlled by the Nazi Party. Free benefits such as camping and time away from school for these exciting trips were a big inducement. Those who chose not to go were given extra work in school with the strictest control. What young child would not take advantage of this adventure? It was clear to the children and their parents that the government provided food and much needed entertainment. What wasn’t clear was that this was just the beginning of the government drawing the population slowly into enslavement to it. History has many examples of the establishment of a dictator. Many begin similar to this. The movie continues with idolizing crowds at every appearance of Hitler. One can only imagine the feeling of
recovery (due to the war industry) after losing WWI and the great inflation that followed. Perhaps there was hope after all! Another scene has Hitler preparing to fly to Nuremberg for a party rally. We see him entering the plane with two generals. The movie shows the shadow of the plane over the city. The image of a cross is not accidental. Later we see Hitler addressing the party faithful in Stuttgart as the great orator he was. Leni Reifenstahl, the cinematographer has him encircled with a halo. At that point, many in my class were gasping in wonder. Yes, Hitler was regarded by many as a God. Perhaps he began to believe it himself. We all know where this led the German people. Is it possible that a leader here could yield to the same self delusion? Could the Constitution be subverted to create a dictatorship? Benjamin Franklin warned of this. The movie is “Triumph of the Will” it is available at the library with English subtitles. Edward Levy is a resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.
Breast cancer detection: A step toward a healthier future Detecting breast cancer early – before symptoms begin – can save lives. That’s why it’s so important for women to undergo regular breast cancer screenings as part of a preventive health care regimen. The risk of breast cancer increases with age, with 60 as the average age for first breast cancer diagnosis in the United States. However, many younger women are diagnosed with breast Evan Z. cancer, and Lang detection COMMUNITY PRESS steps should GUEST COLUMNIST begin in early adulthood. Starting in their 20s, women should learn about the benefits and limits of breast self-examinations. Performed correctly, a self-exam is a systematic, step-by-step method for detecting changes in breast tissue. By performing self-exams regularly, women can become familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel so that changes become noticeable. Women should report any changes to their physician immediately. Most experts recommend that woman in their 20s and 30s also receive a clinical breast exam at least once
every three years. Performed by a medical professional, these are a good opportunity to learn how to conduct a self-exam. Physicians generally recommend that women begin having annual mammograms at age 40. Women at higher risk – for example, those with a family history of breast cancer – should consider other screening tests as well. The American Cancer Society recommends that high-risk women have annual mammograms along with an MRI beginning at age 30. High-risk women include those who: » have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation; » have a parent, brother, sister or child with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation; » have a lifetime risk of breast cancer of 20 to 25 percent, based on recognized risk-assessment tools; » had radiation therapy of the chest between the ages of 10 and 30; » have Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, or who have a parent, brother, sister or child with one of these conditions. Recently, beliefs about the value of certain screening procedures and when they should be done have come into question. In the face of contradictory information,
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When cancer is detected
A positive diagnosis for cancer presents women and their doctors with a number of choices for next steps. These can include: » surgery; » chemotherapy; » radiation therapy; » hormone therapy; » bone-directed therapy; » targeted therapy. For some patients, an additional option is a clinical trial. Clinical research concerning breast cancer has resulted in new treatments and improved overall survival, and are carefully designed tests of medicines and treatment options. These studies offer patients the opportunity to receive new medicines or treatments that are not available to the general public. There are numerous clinical trials available in the tri-state area. Visit www.ohcare.com to view some available opportunities. The good news is that 80 percent of cancer survivors will enjoy the same life span as those who have never had breast cancer. The key is to catch it early and stop it in its tracks. Evan Z. Lang is a medical oncologist.
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