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Robert Copia March 19, 2014 at 10:40 am
At age 62, I have been a smoker since 6th grade. It was a part of our culture. Since my aunt’sRead More passing in 2003, due to lung cancer caused by her smoking, I tried hard to quit. Nicotine gum helped me cut down but any kind of stress and I was back to compulsive smoking. I took the anti-smoking drug ZYBAN for two days. It made me feel very strange. Three and one half years ago, I used my first e-cig and I have been tobacco free ever since. My health has improved drastically. No coughing, The shortness of breath when climbing stairs is 90% gone. I still use the ecig and have no desire to use tobacco. I am considering going into the ecig business and I have started reading the ecig news. Banning, crackdowns, fears ,concerns, questions, gateway, fears, harming children is all that I read.. Hysteria over a “personal nicotine vaporizer”??? A small lithium battery,( lithium batteries power cellphones, laptop computers, pacemakers equipment on jet airliners etc.,) heats an element that turns nicotine liquid ( consisting of nicotine the same as in the nicotine gum paid for by Medicare and Medicaid, and food grade flavorings, in a base of propylene glycol which is rated GRAS, generally regarded as safe) in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, section 184-1666, and is found in many food products, asthma inhalers, the anti-smoking drug ZYBAN, toothpaste etc,) into vapor like your tea kettle. I was awakened by the Bloomberg, 2/19/2014, article, “ GLAXO Memo Shows Drug Industry Lobbying on E-Cigarettes”. Glaxo-Smith Kline is the 4th largest Pharma company and it sells nicotine gum, lozenges, patches inhalers and the anti-smoking drug ZYBAN which I learned was actually the mind-altering psychiatric drug Wellbutrin. I then went on to read the Forbes 7/2/2012, article, “Feds Say Dr. Drew Was Paid by GLAXO TO Talk Up Antidepressant” Forbes in included a link to the 72 page Justice Department complaint against GLAXO which involved the illegal, deceptive and fraudulent marketing of antidepressants to children and adolescents. through their Doctors. New York Times 7?2/2012, GLAXO Agrees To Pay THREE BILLION Fraud Settlement ( and pleads guilty to criminal charges). after a ten year investigation started by “whistle blowers”. The New York Times, 12/14/2013, “The Selling of ADHD,( attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) documents the depths that Pharma will go to sell their drugs to children and adolescents through their Doctors.. I once considered myself well-informed but until reading this material, I had no idea of the actions of BIG PHARMA, which I consider the “Crime of the Century” I encourage you to read this material. It is conceivable that the ecig could make nicotine gum, patches inhalers etc. and the mind altering psychiatric anti-smoking drugs (GLAXO is working on a new one GSK598809) obsolete, or at minimum reduce the sales. Big Pharma and the politicians that do their bidding agree that this cannot be allowed. Who is harmed by this? Those who are near hopelessly addicted to cigarettes and the thousands of dangerous chemicals they contain. This propaganda campaign by Big Pharma and the politicians that they control is simply meant to scare people especially the elderly and dissuade them from trying a “personal nicotine vaporizer” Take the anti-smoking drugs?? Read the black box warnings. Would you recommend them to your mother?
Bob Bailey March 9, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Who would have thought a simple book like Green EGGS AND HAM would your child's favorite book. I'llRead More bet I read it at least five times in a single night. I think many of us could do it from memory. Happy Birthday Dr Seuss.
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nonoise March 5, 2014 at 07:39 am
Teachers Union is pretty angry that money was spent on IPAD's for kids instead of that money goingRead More into teacher's pockets. They do not care about kids.
JMarsh March 5, 2014 at 08:24 am
If it takes two teachers salaries just to survive, how many teachers do you need to marry in orderRead More to live well? Seriously, one of the big complaints is that the bond funds the public voted on for repair of schools is being spent in Ipads. They are going to be expensive to maintain. In the meantime students are in run-down, unsafe buildings. School libraries, which are crucial for students' reading success are closed because there is no one to staff them.
El Cid March 5, 2014 at 05:17 pm
@ NoNoise - What do you know about teachers' caring for kids? I know plenty of soon-to-be graduatesRead More who have job offers making over 70K with a four-year degree and no job experience. What does a teacher currently earn with a four-year degree & Teaching Credential and plenty of job experience? Those of us with enough common sense know that the IPAD's LAUSD elected to purchase for students will not be in good working conditioning within a short time. Why? Many of LAUSD students have no invested interest to take care of something that does not belong to them! How will the District ensure all IPADs are well-maintained? Have you checked out LAUSD textbooks? What condition are the textbooks in? Instead of IPADs for every student, LAUSD should have implemented computer classes for all grades k-12, once or twice or three times a week. Each prior grade building on past knowledge taught by trained computer teachers. NoNoise - you better believe the teaching profession is worthy of earning the 70K or more of soon-to-be graduates. LAUSD teachers have NOT received a Cost-of-Living raise since 2007! Teachers saved this District by taking furlough days to help maintain class size reduction, programs, and other support staff! It is overdue - Teachers must receive a PAY RAISE!!! Teachers are currently performing the following jobs: educators, nurse, caregiver, friend, advocate, Breakfast in Classroom (food services provider), custodian/housekeeper (reduction in custodial staffing), role model, guidance counselor, and dean/disciplinarian, donor/volunteer of personal time to tutor students. UTLA has NOT done enough to protect teachers from all these additional hats teachers wear on a daily basis! NoNoise the RINGING between your ears has affected your ability to know the VALUE of a TEACHER! What have you done to make a difference?
Books have gone missing from LAUSD libraries that are not staffed with professional librarians, a union rep says.
Nicole Williams February 24, 2014 at 04:34 pm
They're too busy buying iPads at RETAIL prices!!!!When there's a sub, they automatically watch aRead More dvd! My kid could learn MORE at home watching TV than at an LAUSD school. It's so frustrating!!!!!You can't even log onto the Net on a desktop at schools-it's RIDICULOUS!!
Librarygal February 25, 2014 at 06:35 am
As an LAUSD Library Aide since 2000 I have seen a lot of changes. Most of us have been reduced to 3Read More hours a day. A typical day can be up to 6 classes scheduled, primary grades get story time, students come in at the same time to exchange books so they can keep up with the required reading program Accelerated Reader, teachers need guidance to find books which supplement the curriculum, not to mention shelving, putting up monthly displays, etc. We are constantly looking for funding to purchase new books & fun ways to promote the library. It's sad to think about school libraries that have to be closed because there is no Library Aide or Teacher Librarian. I promote the public library daily, but most students do not have the opportunity to go because their parents don't have time to take them. Hopefully things will change so all students may have equal access to the school libraries.
JMarsh February 25, 2014 at 07:14 am
The first elementary school I taught at years ago had a full-time credentialed librarian. She wasRead More wonderful. The library was always in order and open. We had a weekly library visit with our class. If you were studying a topic you could let her know and she would pull a number of grade level books on the subject. She always had featured books on display in the library. They were about holidays, etc. She really made a difference! None of the other schools I taught at had a librarian.
LAUSD has a plan -- criticized by some -- to put iPads in the hands of all students. Patch file photo.
GarfieldNeighborhoodWatch February 21, 2014 at 07:13 am
what happens when a student "loses" his ipad? maybe sell it on ebay to make some money?
michelle February 21, 2014 at 08:08 am
I have 3 children at LAUSD and I don't want them to be on an iPad at school. I understand that theRead More iPad is an excellent learning took for many schools; however, the schools where the iPads are being used provide a comprehensive training program for the teachers so they can best utilize this great resource in the classroom. The teachers at our elementary school barely know how to upload a PDF to the teacher section of the school website! Buying iPads for each student is a complete waste of money and whoever was involved in making this reckless decision should be forced out of their position. They clearly have not thought about the many trials and tribulations that will come along with iPad ownership. Why not just provide each school with 2 iPad carts and have them rotate in the classrooms? Start there! What a bunch of dummies we are paying for.
michelle February 21, 2014 at 08:11 am
Oh and my children have to eat lunch outside in the 109 degree heat from the asphalt. Ridiculous.
Gov. Brown discussed his proposed state budget today. Patch file photo.
Kim Miller January 10, 2014 at 08:42 pm
Just keep on taxing and funding the SEIU
nonoise January 11, 2014 at 09:07 am
More money for bad teachers and more administrations. The money never gets to the classroom.
Luis Reyes January 11, 2014 at 07:26 pm
Austerity and Wall St hoarding it's profits, stealing our homes and destroying our economy has usRead More all in the red!
“This has been an incredible place, with an incredible group of individuals I’m going to miss,” says outgoing Luther Burbank Middle School Principal Arturo Valdez, who poses here for a photo with parents and school staff on his last day on the job. (
El Cid December 9, 2013 at 06:38 pm
Principal Valdez is GREAT! He is fair, compassionate, and a true believer that all children areRead More capable of fulfilling their optimal learning potential!!! Go Panthers! Fight on Principal Valdez!!!
Joe Walker December 14, 2013 at 06:52 pm
Nothing against Mr Valdez, but his statements are so full of Edu-Speak that its laughable. He wantsRead More to "refocus on instruction"? DUH! As opposed to what? It would have been far more meaningful to say he wants to increase API scores or to focus more on certain types of programs than the generic feel good language that he used. The Franklin HS families deserve more than just pleasant words.
El Cid December 15, 2013 at 08:03 am
@Joe - If and If the teachers, staff at FHS embrace his "Refocus on instruction," thenRead More students & parents will by into it too and the API scores will definitely rise!!! It's a given! Mr. Valdez isn't about "saying," he's a "doer!" As a former alumni from FHS, I've seen the rise and fall of the school. Franklin is lucky to have Mr. Valdez as their principal!!!
David Levine with the cast of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at School of History and Dramatic Arts at the Sonia Sotomayor Learning Complex. (Photo credit: Ajay Singh)
family 1st December 6, 2013 at 07:57 am
my son is your student mr. Levine and we will be there to see this play. I am very proud of all theRead More hard work you and all the kids have put in not only to this play but all year long. keep up the great job!! ajay, thank you for putting this on the patch, hard work should always be recognized!! SOHDA!!!!!!
Susan Andres December 6, 2013 at 10:43 am
What a great article! I learned so much. Mr. Levine has really renewed my interest in ShakespeareRead More and I'm looking forward to seeing the play. Thank you!
David Levine December 6, 2013 at 02:45 pm
Love your comments friends. Thanks for your support