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OPINION
By BRET KOFFORD, Editor | January 25, 2006
It has been my policy not to use this column space I have had for so many years to advance my personal agendas. Some may argue that I am full of baloney, that in fact I have done just that often. Whatever. Today, though, I am going to use this space to advance a personal agenda. This farm field burning is killing me and I want it to stop. I?m an asthmatic. I fight it hard by trying to keep in good aerobic shape and taking my pills, but when the wind blows up the dust in the Imperial Valley, my asthma blows up, too. When the wind dies down, it does not mean my lungs have recovered.
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OPINION
January 20, 2006
There was a time when the two major political parties in America would come together for the good of the country. We have said it before in this space: the smoke-filled room might not have been particularly healthy for the pols seated around the table, but it certainly had a beneficial effect on the body politic. That?s because when the smoke cleared, something actually got done, and often on a bipartisan basis. In the wake of the continuing Abramoff influence-peddling scandal and enough ethical lapses by individual members to form their own caucus, Congress now has an opportunity to return to those halcyon days of professional courtesy and institutional comity.
OPINION
November 19, 2005
I must have been 8 or 9 years old, walking through my Aunt Cathy?s apartment in Seeley late one night when she was having one of her parties. Looking quite fetching in my new skintight Superman jammies, one of her drunken friends burned my butt with a lighted cigarette as I passed by. It was a perfect circle. My blue cotton pajama bottoms marred by the blackened, singed edges of a burn hole. My fat, pink cheek branded. It sizzled like bacon in a frying pan. Again, another perfect circle.
NEWS
August 6, 2005
Smoking and other tobacco use is the leading cause of death in this country, resulting in more than 400,000 deaths a year. The number of people who are killed from tobacco-related diseases is more than drinking, driving, AIDS, homicide and all other diseases combined. In addition to the health risks faced by smokers, secondhand smoke affects others that breathe in smoke in their living rooms and cars, and at clubs and parties. What is even more important to realize is that most of these deaths are preventable by reducing the access to these products by teenagers.
NEWS
STAFF REPORT | June 30, 2005
The Imperial County Tobacco Education Project and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Imperial County are uniting efforts to ensure public agencies are aware of and prepared to abide by the statewide smoke-free entryway law. The law, known as the "20-foot law," prohibits smoking within 20 feet of a main entrance, exit and operable window of all public buildings. The law went into effect Jan. 1, 2004. The law applies to state, county and city government buildings as well as buildings on the campuses of the University of California, California State University and California community colleges.
NEWS
June 1, 2005
> > 50 years ago ? An El Centro Chamber of Commerce resolution aimed at ending the Blythe-Niland road controversy was discussed recently. Alternate plans were discussed, including reopening the highway through the gunnery range, condemning the highway, postponing the project until there is an economic impact study or allowing the public to decide. > > 40 years ago ? A $100,000 lawsuit, the third stemming from the Oct. 22 Navy Day jet crash tragedy at Naval Air Facility El Centro, has been filed in El Centro by an 83-year-old woman burned in the disaster.
NEWS
March 16, 2005
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NEWS
By MARC SCHANZ, Staff Writer | June 3, 2004
Pat Wendell has been fighting youth smoking for over a decade as well as changing perceptions about lighting up. "It's sad that today we're seeing more younger smokers than older ones," said Wendell, the Imperial County health programs manager for the American Cancer Society. "Now people 18 to 24 are the largest group of smokers. It's harder to quit than it was 10 or 20 years ago, and it is no longer an ?old person's problem.'" It's a perception problem that the Imperial County Public Health Department has been battling as well, through its Tobacco Education Project, which will end its three-year grant cycle later this month, according to Program Director Yolanda Bernal.
NEWS
By MARC SCHANZ, Staff Writer | May 7, 2004
Stress, smoking, blood pressure and glucose levels. A visit to the doctor? Not really. When was the last time you got a door prize at the doctor's house? The El Centro Regional Medical Center had its inaugural community health fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the medical plaza building, and there was a big reception from the community. "We had some people standing outside the door at 2:30," said Virgie Galindo, ECRMC chief nursing officer and assistant administrator.
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