Taylor, F_ 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2017
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1 US OR: PUB LTE: Who's High At School Games?Sun, 05 Sep 2010
Source:Albany Democrat-Herald (OR) Author:Taylor, Geoff Area:Oregon Lines:49 Added:09/05/2010

For a few years, I lived in Independence, a few blocks from the infamously named High School Drugs. The scurrilous doper magazine, High Times, featured a picture of it every few issues.

My question is: Why has nobody questioned the very words: "high school"? Doesn't this send the wrong message to kids? Sober school. Cool school. Responsible school. But ... "high"?

When I was last visiting the Philomath Middle School (now, there's an inoffensive, drug-free word), I saw a poster high on the wall over a doorway: NO DRUGS/ NO WAY. Again, as a writer, it seemed to me to send a mixed message. My mind effortlessly installed punctuation, so I could agree with this blasting slogan.

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2 New Zealand: High On The JobSat, 05 Apr 2008
Source:Waikato Times (New Zealand) Author:Taylor, Geoff Area:New Zealand Lines:292 Added:04/05/2008

Is Random Drug Testing An Essential For Workplace Safety Or Is It An Unnecessary Intrusion Into Workers' Lives.

At first you think it's a joke from your workmates.

An email appears from your employers saying you've been selected to take part in a random drug test.

You feel a sweat break out on your brow. The timing is unbelievable. It was only a couple of nights ago you and your partner smoked a few joints. Had a nice old blowout after a hard day. Now this happens.

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3 US CT: Green Party Has A Slate - Ticket Leaders Say Drug WarSun, 23 Apr 2006
Source:Hartford Courant (CT) Author:Taylor, Frances Grandy Area:Connecticut Lines:92 Added:04/23/2006

NEW HAVEN -- While announcing his candidacy for governor Saturday, Cliff Thornton called for an end to the drug war, which he said was "designed to be waged, but never to be won." Thornton topped the Connecticut Green Party's first slate of candidates to run for statewide election.

The retired businessman, who said he supports the legalization of marijuana, spoke to about 50 delegates crammed into a room at the Greater New Haven Labor Council, where the party's first convention took place. The room was dotted with green balloons and green-and-white Green Party flags. Behind the podium hung an American flag with logos of U.S. corporations in place of the stars.

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4 US CT: Green Party Has A SlateSun, 23 Apr 2006
Source:Hartford Courant (CT) Author:Taylor, Frances Grandy Area:Connecticut Lines:94 Added:04/23/2006

Ticket Leaders Say Drug War Wrong

NEW HAVEN -- While announcing his candidacy for governor Saturday, Cliff Thornton called for an end to the drug war, which he said was "designed to be waged, but never to be won." Thornton topped the Connecticut Green Party's first slate of candidates to run for statewide election.

The retired businessman, who said he supports the legalization of marijuana, spoke to about 50 delegates crammed into a room at the Greater New Haven Labor Council, where the party's first convention took place. The room was dotted with green balloons and green-and-white Green Party flags. Behind the podium hung an American flag with logos of U.S. corporations in place of the stars.

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5 US SC: PUB LTE: Drug War Major FlopWed, 27 Apr 2005
Source:Island Packet (SC) Author:Taylor, F. Area:South Carolina Lines:39 Added:04/28/2005

To The Packet:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Colombia, South America, this week to support continued U.S.-Colombian cooperation in the war on drugs. However, there's a major catch: the drug war in Colombia is a certified flop.

Last year a record number of acres of coca, the raw material for cocaine, were sprayed with herbicide. Despite the millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars that went into supporting this policy, Colombia ended the year with slightly more coca than it had in 2003 -- and almost the exact amount that it had in 2000, when the policy began. U.S. policy also has failed to reach human rights goals; the U.N. found that in 2004, as in 2003, human rights violations (rape, torture and death) by the Colombian military are on the rise.

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6 CN BC: LTE: Pot Busts Not A Waste Of ResourcesWed, 02 Jul 2003
Source:Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC) Author:Taylor, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:52 Added:07/05/2003

Letter writer wrong that majority in Oceanside condone marijuana use

In the June 27th edition of The News Weekender David Faren wrote in to respond to a recent article about a marijuana crop seized by Oceanside Police.

Faren asserts that this action was "a tragic waste of tax dollars and police resources." He goes on to chastise the The News for failing to interview anyone with a view differing from Sgt. Diack of the RCMP, and puts forward the idea that acceptance of marijuana is "the majority view in this or any other Canadian city."

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7 US AZ: PUB LTE: Drug Treatment Is Core IssueFri, 13 Sep 2002
Source:Arizona Republic (AZ) Author:Taylor, Jeff Area:Arizona Lines:46 Added:09/14/2002

I applaud your coverage of the tragic death of Anndreah Robertson, of the inadequate protection afforded by Child Protective Services, and of the need for further legislation defining when abuse of a child actually starts if the mother is abusing drugs and alcohol.

However, you are missing the mark concerning this baby's death.

Let's assume that CPS had taken the child away. Anndreah's mother still has the opportunity to have another drug-addicted baby - she is nine months pregnant.

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8 US NC: LTE: Mean CartoonSat, 08 Sep 2001
Source:Wilmington Morning Star (NC) Author:Taylor, Frances S Area:North Carolina Lines:32 Added:09/11/2001

Editor:

Having spent the last eight weeks with a terminally ill family member, your cartoon published on Aug. 26 in reference to hospice was very offensive. (The cartoon showed police officers raiding a hospice because they suspected the patients of using marijuana to ease their suffering.)

Obviously, this cartoonist is not aware of the marvelous services that are rendered by this organization.

I can confirm the excellent care the nursing staff provides.

As a reader of your paper for the past 40 years I am dismayed that you would allow this hideously offensive material to be published.

Frances S. Taylor Rose Hill

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9 US: Fire SignFebruary 2000
Source:Reason Magazine (US) Author:Taylor, Jeff A. Area:United States Lines:58 Added:01/16/2000

In West Texas, a man's land is his only as long as he doesn't go posting signs telling passersby their constitutional rights.

Attorney Pat Barber was fed up with what he saw as excessive police searches of vehicles on Interstate 20 outside Colorado City, a small town (population 4,000) west of Abilene. So he built a 128-square-foot billboard telling motorists whizzing past his ranch to "Just Say No to Searches."

The sign also displayed a phone number to call for a recorded message detailing motorists' rights when the police stop them. Unless officers have probable cause to search the vehicle, they must ask the driver's permission. But motorists often do not know they have the right to refuse such requests.

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10 US CT: 'Party' Drug Claims A VictimFri, 21 May 1999
Source:Hartford Courant (CT) Author:Taylor, Frances Grandy Area:Connecticut Lines:103 Added:05/21/1999

A party drug known as GHB, which gives users a quick high but can lead to coma and death, has claimed its first victim in Connecticut. The state medical examiner's office this week determined that Andrew W. Hayes, 20, of East Lyme, died April 4 of the effects of combining GHB with alcohol after at a night of drinking with friends in Niantic.

East Lyme police said they were investigating the death.

State officials said abuse of GHB, a clear liquid, does not seem as widespread in Connecticut as in other states, though that could change.

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