JBHS cell phone policy unfair to students
As a student at John Burroughs High School, I favor the existing
policy that allows us to carry our cell phones even if we can’t use
them. This is better than the old policy where we could not even have
them on campus, which was unfair because our parents buy us these
phones so we can communicate with them.
Burroughs does not have the right to say we can’t use our cell
phones on our break time when they didn’t buy them for us, nor pay
the bill. If we aren’t disturbing class, then who are we hurting by
being able to use them on our free time at school? Why buy a cell
phone, then, if we are in school Monday through Friday and can’t use
At school, girls overcrowd the restrooms so they can use their
phone. I see some boys being nonchalant and using their cell phone
walking around freely. The existing policy gets broken every day. I
urge the school board to [change the existing policy]. There will be
less temptation and hopefully everyone will be happy.
Seniors deserve a real prescription drug benefit
We live at a time of miraculous scientific achievement -- a time
marked by the development of prescription drugs with the power to
cure and improve quality of life. We in government have the
responsibility to capitalize on these advances. By adding a
prescription drug benefit to Medicare, a program that seniors know
and trust, seniors will have the opportunity to live with greater
dignity and less pain in their twilight years.
Medicare beneficiaries have waited a long time for help.
Unfortunately, the recently passed Republican legislation falls far
short of what is needed by seniors, many of whom have too much of
their income and savings drained by the high costs of prescription
A Medicare prescription drug benefit should be: affordable,
reducing the prices of drugs; meaningful, with guaranteed benefits;
within Medicare; and available to all, regardless of where they live.
Unfortunately, the House Republican bill fails to meet each one of
these basic standards. The House bill does nothing to reduce the cost
of prescription drugs. It creates a coverage gap so wide that 50% of
seniors would fall into it. Anyone paying between $2,000 and $4,900
annually for medications would receive no prescription drug benefit,
even though they would continue to pay Medicare premiums. People with
annual medication costs less than $850 would actually lose money,
because their premiums would exceed their benefit.
We have a responsibility to our parents and grandparents to
improve and strengthen the Medicare program they know and trust. We
also have a responsibility to future generations to leave them with a
country that is even better and more secure than the one we
inherited. We cannot in good faith unravel the very programs we came
here to strengthen.
There have been improvements at the state level, however, which
provide cost savings on drugs for seniors right now. California
requires pharmacies participating in Medicaid to offer customers with
a Medicare card the same discounted prices that Medicaid recipients
receive. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, please check with your
pharmacy to be sure that you are not being charged more than the
U.S. REP. BRAD SHERMAN
Editor’s note: Sherman (D-Burbank) represents roughly half of the
San Fernando Valley.
Why were shade trees removed from park?
Two magnificent trees were removed from Ralph Foy Park during the
past few days. Not only did they help create favorite shady picnic
areas, they prevented sports activities from entering too close to
the main picnic area behind the library.
I walked through the area of the removed trees Thursday, and there
was a soccer game, a mini football game and a tee ball game.
I met with a small group of residents, and we couldn’t understand
why the trees were removed. One man was thinking far ahead when he
asked a tree surgeon friend of his to examine the felled trees, only
to discover they were very healthy, with no indication of disease.