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There are 368 comments on the The Morning Call story from Oct 13, 2007, titled Catasauqua Area teacher charged with buying cocaine -- themorni.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A fourth-grade teacher in the Catasauqua Area School District has been charged with buying and possessing cocaine.

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“Racism is un-American”

Since: Dec 06

America

#23 Oct 13, 2007
MICHELLE D wrote:
<quoted text> I think last nights thread was deleted by topix..I posted on it last night..When I clicked on the reply section this morning it took me right to the forum..That only happens when a thread was deleted..I think things got a bit to heated last night..
Nothing got untoward on the first thread. This morning they simply deleted it for no reason. I posted the materials that I also posted here about genetics and when I refreshed the thread it took me to the forum page. The thread simply deleted.

“Racism is un-American”

Since: Dec 06

America

#24 Oct 13, 2007
Lehigh county has a consumer demand for intoxicant drugs worth at least $ 151,675,740 a year according to U.N. estimates. That is a lot of consumers no more dangerous to society than is Mr. Abraham.

Will the Lehigh county drug task force be staking them out and chasing each and every one of them down?

Quite a task.

An unpopular choice of intoxicants should not be a crime. It is a medical issue between a citizen and their medical professionals. Police and prisons are not doctors and hospitals.
Fred

AOL

#25 Oct 13, 2007
It should be on your last 300 sites ,green block at the top right . Just press go and the site should come up. Type something and it goes to the top of the topix posts site and back on the article screen that we all read?
Fred

AOL

#26 Oct 13, 2007
They leave the crazy Gun Show on the Net with 2,000 posts. They're all from Arizona and Nebraska and just cut and paste Govt. documents that anyone can get. Cut and paste freaks and 2,000 posts that only 1 or 2 people comment on. Good question, why take all the Catty teachers posts away?

Since: Jul 07

ABE

#28 Oct 13, 2007
I know Joe and he is one of the few teachers I ever liked that wasn’t so full of themselves just because they were a teacher and giving of themselves.. blah blah blah

Go ahead test the other teachers but decide to get rid of any who are taking “mood drugs”. Is it OK for a teacher to take Lexapro, Effexor, Celexa, or one of those other mood altering drugs used “just to take the edge off”?. I say no !

There are many many teachers taking these drugs and they are just as bad as coke. If you take Joe from behind the desk, which they should not!, then take the others who are so righteous they hide behind their pharmacist.

Peace to you Joe, and the little Mrs.

“Racism is un-American”

Since: Dec 06

America

#29 Oct 13, 2007
Lehigh Doc wrote:
<quoted text>
Your entire premise, as captured in your tagline, is so flawed it's laughable.
In among your unnecessary insults you take that reference to the Drug Policy Alliance out of context. Yes, criminal enforcement remains the central theme of drug policy but it is a theme that the Drug Policy Alliance is fighting to end. You did not mention that in your distorted presentaion.
I don't see how what I have written that disagrees with the citation you give from the Drug Policy Alliance. The Alliance is a group that I work with on occassion. I often correspond with their director, Ethan Nadelmann. And my "Drug Busts = Jim Crow" handle, that you attack, is the title of an essay published last year by the Ira Glasser, President of Board of the Drug Policy Alliance and former Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. SEE: http://aleftindependent.blogspot.com/2007/08/...
Your out of context citation from the Alliance will win you no battles with me.
Criminalization of addiction is the only crime and it is out of step with our allies in Europe who are trying to break away from criminalization as a response to the genetic based disease of addiction.
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The following is from the Swiss government information service.
http://www.swissinfo.org/eng/front/detail/Swi...
September 4, 2006 - 9:43 PM
Swiss heroin model reporting benefits
"A number of studies have found that Switzerland's heroin-assisted treatment plans help ease the scourge of addiction for users and society."
(snip)
"In Switzerland, the medicalisation of heroin use has helped change the image of users: from rebels to losers," Nordt said. "In the eyes of the young, they're mostly just sick people, forced to get medical help."
Reduced consequences
The harm reduction policy followed by the Swiss authorities has also been successful in reducing heroin-related deaths, which have fallen by more than half over the course of a decade, and the transmission of Aids.
And there is more good news concerning the fight against crime and prostitution.
"Compared with countries like Britain, where crime is very often linked to substance abuse, this trend has almost disappeared in Switzerland over the last few years," said Nordt.
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America opposes this highly successful program.

“Racism is un-American”

Since: Dec 06

America

#30 Oct 13, 2007
Lehigh Doc wrote:
<quoted text>
Your entire premise, as captured in your tagline, is so flawed it's laughable.
Here is another citation from the Drug Policy Alliance site that you misrepresented.

http://www.drugpolicy.org/drugwar/
"What's Wrong With the Drug War?

Everyone has a stake in ending the war on drugs. Whether you’re a parent concerned about protecting children from drug-related harm, a social justice advocate worried about racially disproportionate incarceration rates, an environmentalist seeking to protect the Amazon rainforest or a fiscally conservative taxpayer you have a stake in ending the drug war. U.S. federal, state and local governments have spent hundreds of billions of dollars trying to make America “drug-free.” Yet heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illicit drugs are cheaper, purer and easier to get than ever before. Nearly half a million people are behind bars on drug charges - more than all of western Europe (with a bigger population) incarcerates for all offenses. The war on drugs has become a war on families, a war on public health and a war on our constitutional rights.

Many of the problems the drug war purports to resolve are in fact caused by the drug war itself. So-called “drug-related” crime is a direct result of drug prohibition's distortion of immutable laws of supply and demand. Public health problems like HIV and Hepatitis C are all exacerbated by zero tolerance laws that restrict access to clean needles. The drug war is not the promoter of family values that some would have us believe. Children of inmates are at risk of educational failure, joblessness, addiction and delinquency. Drug abuse is bad, but the drug war is worse."

“Racism is un-American”

Since: Dec 06

America

#31 Oct 13, 2007
Lehigh Doc wrote:
<quoted text>
Your entire premise, as captured in your tagline, is so flawed it's laughable.
Police and prisons are not doctors and hospitals. Using law enforcement to fight a genetic based disease is the most uncivilized thing anyone can adovcate.

That you present yourself as some kind of "Doc" is the only laughable assertion on this forum. I'l bet your in the coerced rehab industry and make your living by getting judges and the courts to force people into your services. Go into your treatment or go to jail and get butt raped. Good old tough love is a great industry for you medical predators.

The only reason that you came at me with aggression and in attack mode with all the distortions and misrepresentiation is because real science and humane Harm Reduction programs are a threat to your livelihood and income. You need the drug war as much as drug gangs need the drug war, to stay in business. I'll bet your just another predator junkie addicted to money, intimidation and coercion.
Jets

Bethlehem, PA

#32 Oct 13, 2007
Amen, aahpat! He committed a victimless crime, he wasn't even a victim because he was a user, not an abuser, who took care of himself. The problem is drug laws.
Lisa

AOL

#33 Oct 13, 2007
Was she getting her drugs from the VIP????? lol
profed

Tobyhanna, PA

#35 Oct 13, 2007
hopefully the state's professional practices and standards committee will revoke his license-teacher certification; also, his retirement should be withheld by the state system....
Liza

Allentown, PA

#36 Oct 13, 2007
If you use Facebook, search for "We Support Mr. Abraham" to share your concern.

“Racism is un-American”

Since: Dec 06

America

#37 Oct 13, 2007
Lehigh Doc wrote:
<quoted text>
My diplomas were conferred by American universities under the bylaws that govern them. Though I choose to keep my credentials private, they are no less real for that.
My opinion is simply my own. You are a fool.
Obviously your education did not include civil adult debate techniques. If you had any confidence in your positions you would not fall prey to the aggressive impulse to insult and denigrate others, such as myself, who offer professional citations and science to support a public policy position.

“Racism is un-American”

Since: Dec 06

America

#38 Oct 13, 2007
Jets wrote:
Amen, aahpat! He committed a victimless crime, he wasn't even a victim because he was a user, not an abuser, who took care of himself. The problem is drug laws.
They just have to show us a victim. Who was harmed by this man's actions? He, like most intoxicant drug users, supported himself paid taxes and was respected in his community.

Now he cannot support himself. He will become a burden to society and he no longer has an income to pay taxes on.

This is insane. It is counter-productive.This arrest does nothing to "establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense (or) promote the general welfare" as the United States Constitution requires of government actions.

“AOL? Seriously?”

Since: Jul 07

Pawleys Island, SC

#39 Oct 13, 2007
aahpat wrote:
Lehigh county has a consumer demand for intoxicant drugs worth at least $ 151,675,740 a year according to U.N. estimates. That is a lot of consumers no more dangerous to society than is Mr. Abraham.
Will the Lehigh county drug task force be staking them out and chasing each and every one of them down?
Quite a task.
An unpopular choice of intoxicants should not be a crime. It is a medical issue between a citizen and their medical professionals. Police and prisons are not doctors and hospitals.
The UN has studied and published a "consumer demand for intoxicant drugs" specifically for Lehigh County? Surely, somewhere in that vast cut & paste library of yours, you have a reference for that.
Please post it.
Karen Markley

Grand Prairie, TX

#40 Oct 13, 2007
I agree with Marty Keays. How dare you condemn a man you dont know, when we all have skeletons in our closets. Nobody should be condemning Mr A. without knowing the real man. Look at yourself in a mirror & lets see who will cast the first stone.
Mr. A is a well known man, respected, & loved by all who knows him. He has been an amazing teacher to my boys & friend as well. When things were bad for my children & myself... he was always there to help anyway he could. Now I hope to repay him for always being there for my boys & myself. If you read this Mr. A remember you have people who love you & want to help.
He has obviously worried about his friends, students & family & has neglected himself, but NEVER his friends, family or students.
He needs help definately, but more important than that he needs the people in his life that are important to him. The people in his life that he has touched with his love & compassion to support him. And you who condemns this man has never gotten to know him, have no right to judge him. In 31 yrs. of being a teacher he has loved many students & they have loved him. Those of you who had him as your teacher remember what a wonderful man he is, & you still go back to visit him... WHY? because he is special to you. I now live in Texas , but will stand by him & support him from afar, & pray that all who know him stand with him in November as well as now to support the man we know & love, & to help him through his difficult time. He has a 10 yr old son who loves him & needs that support as well. Be a real human being & help Joe Abraham & his family to come back out a winner.
We love you Mr. A
Karen , Andy, Danny,& Ryan
[email protected]
anonymous

Whitehall, PA

#41 Oct 13, 2007
mad momma wrote:
<quoted text>
No,they disappeared on my computer as well.That's what ya get when ya hire someone who lied that they graduated from a junior college and who has lied on all their job resumes to being something they weren't and subsequently got fired from previous jobs or asked to leave.
Not their fault they have multiple arrests in various states for drug and alcohol abuse.Someone else got them hooked back thirty years ago,spending money like it was water,maxing out their credit cards and running to bars daily to get sloshed.
Don't check out anyones credentials or run a background check.Might find out too many things that wouldn't sit well with other employees who actually graduated from college and are focused on their work instead of speeding thru an assignment in order to run out and get high.
Ummm.... I just wanted to know where the posts went. I'm not really sure what the rest of that means.......

“Allentown the all AmericanCity”

Since: Sep 07

Allentown, PA

#43 Oct 13, 2007
marty keays wrote:
what a shame, i have known Mr.A for 20 years and he taught all three of my children, he is an outstanding teacher who devotes himself to professionalism and he is truly loved by the children he has taught, i have never heard a person say anything negative about Mr. A This is definately a case where bad things happen to good people, i wish for his sake this wouldnt have happened, but now that it has, and the situation over in bethlehem with the principle, maybe pop drug testing would be a good idea, the bus drivers are periodically tested, i have been tested at my job, why not the teachers of our children, this could be a tool that could prevent such things. Mr. A now owes his dept to society and the court system will handle that, and i am sure the school board has its policy on such items and will act accordingly, i hope for his sake he can make his way through this and get his life back on track, we all have skeletons hidden in our closets and you never know when they will come out, Mr A will probably spend some time in jail and probation, lose his job and his teaching credentials, and also be fined for his actions, what a waste of a great teacher because of drugs and his involvement in such activities
It is nice you accept drug use by teachers because he is an "outstanding teacher" according to you. However were you in the class room with your child at all times when he was teaching his philosophy on life and his life’s experiences. The answer is no. Would you want the other Mr. A, Mr. Acerra to be your children’s principal. He was watching homo porn in the nude in his school office and selling drugs when arrested. Is that OK with you also? If so, have your head examined.
christine

Allentown, PA

#44 Oct 13, 2007
omg. im in 5th grade now, and last year he was my teacher! he was such an insparation to me and now-nothing!

“DIRTY BIRDY”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#45 Oct 13, 2007
Lisa wrote:
Was she getting her drugs from the VIP????? lol
good one...lol

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