newspaper prints a lie

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By qdebbie1 on Thu, 06-30-05, 17:59

Does anyone have experience with the newspaper printing lies about them. I allowed the small town newspaper to write an article about our struggles to remove peanuts from the school cafeteria menu. I told the reporter several times every time I talked to her that I wanted to be sure the article didnt say I was asking to ban peanuts, because I am not. Well the article didnt say it but the headline in large print says Mom want school to ban peanuts for her son. It doesnt even match the story. It is a sad attempt to use my child to create contraversary(which i am so mad i cant spell)
I want to sue the. Does anyone know a lawyer who can handle this.

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By on Thu, 06-30-05, 18:20

qdebbie1, did you have approval of the article before it was printed? I know when we had two done re my PA son, we did. However.

As far as suing, I know that we do have a PA.com member who is a lawyer if you would like me to get in touch with them and see what they have to say (we may have more than one lawyer here, but I do know of one for sure).

Let me know.

I would sue. This has just made a bloody mess for you as far as I'm concerned. People see that headline and I'm sorry, they *might* see red.

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By pgrubbs on Thu, 06-30-05, 18:47

qdebbie, will a lawsuit cause more controversy? What a rock and a hard place!

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By Sue on Thu, 06-30-05, 20:47

The media tries to get the attention of their readers - and in my opinion ... they use false headlines most of the time.

Sorry they messed this up and decided not to listen to your real information for the article.

I would let it go AFTER I wrote a letter to the editor AND they published it. I would make sure that your letter stated that you were mis-quoted and had asked that they not say BAN because you were not requesting a BAN!

I would also CALL the editor and state that their headline of BAN can/has cause problems for you and your family.

Good luck and thanks for trying to educate the community.

Sue in Sunny Arizona

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By on Thu, 06-30-05, 22:17

Sue, always GREAT to see you! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By qdebbie1 on Thu, 06-30-05, 23:12

I called the editor and he basically laughed at me as said they would print a reversal. Great, a tiny 1 sentence blurb hidden in the middle of the paper as opposed to a headline on the front page.
cindy, I am very interested in hearing what a lawyer would say. I have a couple of calls in. It would be worth it to me to pursue this. I want my reversal to be a headline with a new article printing true statements. It would be nice if I didnt have to get layers assistance to have the local paper print truth.
The article itself wasnt too terrible, but it made us sound like carzies. Hopefully it will be online tomorrow and i will put it in the media area.
I plan to write a letter to the editor and would like to post it for help.
Now I am back to being mad at the district for ignoring several of my request for a hearing. I sent a complaint to OCR today. My husband wants me to find a private school or move(no) if we do not get this resolved by the first day of school which is aug 5th.
summer....what summer

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By Kim M on Fri, 07-01-05, 02:00

qdebbie, I don't blame you for being extremely upset. If people read only the headline they are likely to get more upset, and that jeopardizes your chances for getting the changes you want made. Unfortunately, I think practically speaking the best you can hope for is for them to print a correction together with your letter to the editor, and hiring a lawyer is probably not going to get you anything different.

The problem with getting a lawyer involved is that, first, it will cost you money. Second, in order to win anything you would have to show harm. I guess you could argue emotional distress, but it's a tough one. I suppose you could also argue libel, but again, a tough one. The headline was clearly wrong, but it sounds like the actual article was accurate.

On the other hand, if you have a lawyer that you know who would be willing to help you out for a modest fee, then getting a lawyer involved might get you faster action. The paper isn't under any obligation to print any specific letter to the editor, so that could be something that they could ensure be done. Also, no newspaper is going to print a full headline size correction, but maybe a lawyer could get them to agree to a follow up story that goes more in depth and makes the headline error clear in that article. Chances are there is going to be some reaction from other parents (you think?), so a follow up story would not be unlikely.

Hopefully you can find some local lawyers who can give you more specific advice. Definitely post your letter to the editor if you want some advice from posters here. Good luck, and hang in there.

(BTW, I just want to say that I think every family that decides to fight the public school fight deserves standing ovations. We decided to go the private route, and it has worked out great for us, but I know that isn't an option for everyone. I sometimes feel, though, that we kind of took the easy way out. The more allergic children that public schools have to deal with, the more likely they are going to come up with better solutions for everyone.)

ETA: I was a practicing lawyer pre-kids, but I obviously don't intend to be giving you legal advice here, just giving you an idea of how I think a lawyer would reason this through. You definitely need to consult lawyers in your area to get actual legal advice.

[This message has been edited by Kim M (edited June 30, 2005).]

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By Sarahfran on Fri, 07-01-05, 02:02

One thing to remember is that the headlines are rarely written by the same person who writes the article and newspapers are always in the business of making money so anything they can do to sensationalize a story will be done. The newspaper is printing a retraction, which is good (and gets them off the hook legally, I imagine), but if I were you, I'd write a letter to the editor (and get friends and neighbors to do the same) pointing out their error (in exactly the terms you used--that it's a sad attempt to use a child's allergy to create a non-existent controversy) and clarifying that you do not want a ban on peanuts but had hoped that the newspaper would print a factual and balanced article about food allergies and how they affect the lives of children.

It's a good lesson to learn, too, that no matter what you say in an interview, you can't ultimately control what is printed because you aren't the editor.

Good luck!

Sarah

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By qdebbie1 on Fri, 07-01-05, 02:34

I feel so much better knowing people are here who care. I have been so upset and crying (pms) about this. It is stressful enough to deal with the school and being new in a small town and now I am headline news. The good news about that is small towns find new headlines to gossip about fast. I was pretty upset with the editor( who did write the headline) and the writer that it may be hard for me to ask for anything now. I have a few friends who may write(one for sure) and I might ask my doctor to write a letter to the editor too. Being that it is a small town friends are resistant to speak out against the machine(school) too. I am pretty sure the article will be online tomorrow so I will post it in media and my drafted editors letter too.
thanks for the legal thoughts (not advise [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ) it really calmed me down a bit. I may see if my lawyer would write a letter to the editor as a citizen and not my lawyer. what a hassle. The larger charlotte paper did a fantastic professional job I should have known to expect this from this paper. People warned me but I didnt listen. I am so so very desperate to get this done for my son.
Hopefully my husband will let me continue the fight. If we go private they win and we pay. My son loves his school and we pay high taxes for this school district. I will keep you all posted
thanks

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By on Fri, 07-01-05, 03:34

Debbie, probably not what you want to hear, but the lovely thing about the article being available on-line and you being able to post it here, is that hey, Letters to the Editor can be written not only from your small town, but from all over the world.

We do have a group of wonderful, caring, informed, supportive people here and when the need arises, we do gather together to support one of our own in need.

Not quite the same at all, but a few months ago katiee posted about a questionable article that was published in her city's newspaper. We were able to read it here and those of us that chose to were able to write to the reporter and say what we had to say.

I was so fortunate in that both articles I had done re my PA son were done in small towns and IMPHO done wonderfully.

If you're able to post the article tomorrow, there are many of us here who are able to write Letters to the Editor, or to the reporter, to say that the headline was quite obviously wrong. We're here for you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By qdebbie1 on Fri, 07-01-05, 19:37

here is the article
[url="http://www.fortmilltimes.com/local/story/4991066p-4558591c.html"]http://www.fortmilltimes.com/local/story/4991066p-4558591c.html[/url]

I will get my letter together later
thanks

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By mommyofmatt on Fri, 07-01-05, 20:46

I realize that I'm not in the middle of your firestorm, so it's really easy for me to say this....but I thought the article was good [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

From the outside looking in, I think the article is positive for you. If there are parents who will see RED when they read the word ban, they'll want to read to see what school, and once they read what your request actually is, it may not seem as bad since you're not requesting an all out ban, KWIM?

I would still do the letter to the editor, but maybe make it a little light hearted (to not feed parents' perception of over-the-top-allergy-moms, and appeal to their sense of humor), because again, I think the article was good.

Maybe(?) start out with the definition of BAN from the dictionary, and then reiterating what you're requesting, making it seem SOOOO far away from a ban, and then end it. JMHO, I wish you all kinds of luck, and send you lots of support.

If I were in your shoes, I'd be just as upset, feeling pegged as the mom who wants a "ban". But, thankfully, the article clarified what you want. Good luck! Meg

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By Sarahfran on Fri, 07-01-05, 21:05

Except for the error in the headline, the article itself is quite good, I think! You don't come across as crazy or unreasonable in any way, and I like how the writer pointed out that other school districts have plans to eliminate peanuts already (again making the point that what you are requesting is not only reasonable, but even common).

I still think a letter to the editor makes sense, but keep it logical and too the point (that is, avoid sounding angry) so that it doesn't hurt your case. Good luck!

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By langleykat on Fri, 07-01-05, 23:17

Just wanted to say hi - fellow South carolinian here - debating about whether to send our DS to public school or not. I'm really interested in how this goes for you. Does the state have anything to say about all this?? I hope it goes well and I agree with you about being misquoted - doesn't matter how big or small it is. It isn't what you said.

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By qdebbie1 on Sat, 07-02-05, 00:40

Thanks for reading. After having a day to settle I am a bit more calm. It is all just so stressful and school starts in just 5 or 6 weeks. I really like turning it into humor because that is exactly the kind of person I am. I will be doing that. I agree that sounding angry just fuels the crazy peanut allergic parents crusade which i am proudly a part of. And true when a parent reads the word ban and then reads the article it should not make them see red.
I was just not at all what I expected. I had an article done a few weeks ago in the larger charlotte paper that was professional and true. I was disappointed in this one. Maybe I can use my letter to the editor to smooth the waters and actually get a guest column done later.
have a fantastic weekend.

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By Carefulmom on Sat, 07-02-05, 01:38

I thought it was a good article also. I liked that they used the word "fatal" when they showed his medic alert bracelet. Also, in the article itself it said that anaphylaxis can cause death. I can see where you would be upset that they used the word "ban" when you asked them not to, especially in the headline, but I agree that it did not at all make you look like you were over-reacting. So overall I thought it was more good than bad.

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By mommyofmatt on Sat, 07-02-05, 13:50

Good, Debbie, I'm glad you feel better [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

At this point, I can only imagine how stressed you feel because we're not there yet.

One more thought [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]...we've all seen here how words can so easily be misconstrued/misunderstood. Make sure you show your letter to a number of people (preferably ones not dealing with allergy) to make sure they understand the humor. And, yeah, keeping on good terms with the editor will definitely help you if you want more press.

Good luck! Meg

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By cathlina on Sat, 07-02-05, 19:24

Usually, it is a different person who writes the headlines than the story.

The article is very clear about what you want even if the headline is not.

There is nothing malicious about the headline and it may have been written that way to get people to read the article.

When is exactly what you should want to create awareness of the seriousness of a peanut allergy.

I think the article is well written.

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By mama2aidan on Sat, 07-02-05, 21:19

I think the article is a great one. Although the headline can be misleading it might actually bring people to read it because it is so extreme. I think this might help with the decision of the school becoming peanut free. Your child will not be the only one to ever have a food allergy in your area. You are paving the way for the safety of your son & other children. I say hats off to you. Good luck & take care

Mandi

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By on Sun, 07-03-05, 03:41

Debbie, I wanted to let you know that I understand why you were so upset about the headline of the article.

For anyone with any sense about them, not even PA parents/people, if they read the story, which I thought was excellent, they, themselves, will see that you are not asking for a ban. You're simply asking for the school cafeteria not to sell it.

There are alternatives to pb that I believe public schools do have access to as far as funding if they choose not to serve pb (this has been discussed under the Schools section).

You came across very well - and again, not requesting a ban at all. You're not saying that students can't bring in pb, which would be the true meaning of a ban, you're asking that the school help "reduce the risk" to your child by not adding "insult to injury" if you will.

I actually, personally, don't think that you're asking all that much.

Please let us know how this plays out and if you think letters to the editor from people from afar would do any good in simply saying that no, this Mom is not asking for a ban.

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By qdebbie1 on Sat, 07-09-05, 21:02

Here is a letter being printed in the paper in response to my article. If anyone would like to share thier stories the address is:
[email]news@fortmilltimes.com[/email]
Letter to the Editor,
Although I live well over 500 miles away, I felt you should hear of another peanut allergic child. Attached is a picture of my daughter and me. My daughter has a severe peanut allergy. She cannot have contact with peanuts. I do worry about keeping her safe. I require people to wash their hands and brush their teeth if they have eaten any peanut products. As for banning peanuts from a school, that is a different story. I am already teaching my toddler about her allergy. We read preschool books on the subject. My local elementary school is aware of allergies. All parents are encouraged to send peanut-free products for their children for snacks. Lists of safe and non-safe foods are sent home. When peanut products are served, hands are washed and desks are cleaned. There is a peanut-free table in the cafeteria. The school brings in a clinical psychologist to discuss bullying awareness and intervention. So even if my daughter does sit at the peanut-free table, I don

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By Carefulmom on Sat, 07-09-05, 23:35

I`m with you. She is really in no place to comment on how an elementary school should handle pa when she does not have a child there. My pa dd is 10. I always find it interesting to see how people with older kids are handling pa, but I cannot imagine commenting on how they are handling it in say a 15 year old or college student when I am not there yet. Her response bothers me. It is not very realistic. The reality is the more kids eating peanut products, the more residue their is, the greater the chance of a contact reaction. My daughter always has a few kids in her class who put their fingers in their mouth, wiggling a loose tooth, biting their nails or whatever. The peanut residue will be back on the kids hands very quickly, even if they did wash after eating.

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By jtolpin on Mon, 07-11-05, 14:33

Quote:Originally posted by qdebbie1:
[b]Here is a letter being printed in the paper in response to my article. If anyone would like to share thier stories the address is:
[email]news@fortmilltimes.com[/email]
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OOH... You got the 'big guns' out, with Nicole...

WTG!

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By California Mom on Mon, 07-11-05, 17:26

Hi Debbie, I'm so sorry the paper chose to use "ban" in the headline. I find it inappropriate, and can understand why you would be concerned - especially as you are new in town! I also didn't care for the way the article ended, saying something about you "being prepared to force a public debate". That sounds so confrontational, and doesn't exactly put people on your side, I would think. (I am guessing this is not how you worded it.)

*sigh* It is such a shame that the paper chose to sensationalize the issue.

I hope some more supportive letters to the editor were printed. How did it go? I am sorry to say but the letter from the "big gun" [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] probably didn't help your cause much. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]

Take care, and best of luck!

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

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By Donni on Mon, 07-11-05, 17:46

I don't normally comment on potentially hot topics but just have to on this one.

My 6 year-old son is severely allergic to peanuts, sesame seeds, chickpeas and a few tree nuts. His reactions to sesame seeds and chickpeas are not only by ingestion but also by contact to "cleaned residue" (you know, by touching an area that was cleaned after the allergen was there). His reactions to peanuts are also by contact to

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By mommyofmatt on Mon, 07-11-05, 18:53

Yikes! That woman had no business commenting on how things should go at school when her daughter is still a toddler!

It sounds to me like you struck a nerve with her, perhaps presenting her what may lie in their future, and she responded out of fear, and DEFINITELY out of ignorance of school situations.

I hope you got more supportive responses Debbie! I'd send a letter, but my son is only a toddler too [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] Please post other responses. Meg

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By qdebbie1 on Tue, 07-12-05, 02:15

Yes the part about the public debate was just another twist. I have never had any inteniton of turning this over to the public to debate. I was referring to talking to the school board members privatly, not in front of the whole town.
Donni, I am glad you spoke up. Your story is one of the main reasons I am not a fan of the peanut free tables. It does nothing to reduce the risk, it only takes the child away fron the other kids. I am very very interested in having my son participate like the other kids.
I think you are right, the response from nicole is out of fear. I can not imagine having a child at a public school where 800 students are served pbj and all I do is read my son some books and put the child at a different table.
A good friend of mine has submitted a wonderful letter to the editor. I will post it when it runs. I am planning one too. soon.

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By Donni on Tue, 07-12-05, 03:48

Debbie, although I, too, am not fond of peanut-free tables and would not have my son at one if he was the only child there.

In Kindergarten, the table was connected to the other tables. He had his special seat but always had other kids around him. (Their food was screened every day...and, yes, "accidents" happened!) He participated like all the kids and was not isolated. Frequent problems with odors and vomiting.

In First Grade, the peanut-free table is outside the lunchroom but in full view--very open-spaced school. He was not alone--there were 3 other kids at the table, one from his class--and particpated like all the other kids. Only the one problem with the "odor" and, thankfully, I was there and knew to get the kids into fresher air, etc.

In the upcoming Second Grade, I know there will be at least my son and the other child from his first grade class at the peanut-free table. I anticipate more...the school nurse said the increase in food allergies has been tremendous.

For my son to eat in the lunchroom, the school would have to go peanut-free. Just having the school stop serving peanut butter would not be enough to reduce his risk.

Since he is happy and feels safe at the peanut-free table, I'm comfortable with him being there. His school makes eating at the special tables "special." There are 4 special tables--one peanut/tree-nut free, one dairy-free, and 2 for when parents visit. To eat at one of the tables is "by invitation only" and it appears every kid wants to receive an invitation! (The tables are round wood, seating 4-6, with regular wooden chairs.)

One thing I really do like about peanut-free tables: it brings to others attention that the allergy exists and accomodations are needed. The sign is on the table 24 hours/day so even when the school is used for other events, the sign is there. (And, special cleaning procedures are in place.)

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By qdebbie1 on Wed, 07-13-05, 11:37

Letter to the editor in yesterday's paper.
Not bad.
[url="http://www.heraldonline.com/opinions/story/5015835p-4577311c.html"]http://www.heraldonline.com/opinions/story/5015835p-4577311c.html[/url]

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By Gail W on Wed, 07-13-05, 11:59

Peanuts are everywhere

(Published July 12

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By Kim M on Wed, 07-13-05, 19:29

Quote:Indeed, one could argue that a child thinking he was attending a peanut-free school would be more at risk than if he assumed he needed to take every precaution.

I don't know which would be beneficial to me: having a dime for every "false sense of security" argument I have ever read or heard (I'd be rich!), or putting a hit out on anyone making said argument.

I'll go with the hit. My husband has cousins named Rocco, people! I could make it happen!

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By qdebbie1 on Wed, 07-13-05, 20:46

this is my drafted letter to the editor. feel free to make corrections. I get emotional and cant think. I am hoping to be able to also keep my name off too.
Dear Editor,

Thank you for printing the article about peanut allergies in schools. This is a very serious situation.
Peanut allergies are becoming more and more common. Thousands of schools across the country and many in this area have taken great steps to protect allergic children.

It is terribly difficult to shield an allergic child from daily threatening situations. I would have to agree that in my years of experience in dealing with a peanut allergy, isolation from the allergen is impossible. A responsible peanut allergic child with parental guidance assumes they need to take every precaution necessary every time they walk out the door. An Epi pen should be ready at all times. It is true, there is not now nor will there ever be a peanut free environment anywhere outside home.

However, it is very possible and very reasonable to consider ways to reduce the amount of risk. Every day parents and their children consider what situations may become dangerous. These children are not just faced with this risk at school. They face it at the grocery with open bins of peanuts. Peanut shells are found on the ground at baseball practice. When a meal is ordered at a restaurant, questions need to be asked and answered every time. Parents of allergic children must investigate play dates, overnights, camps, birthday parties, family events, caregivers, and any other place outside the home These children have a difficult time attending sporting or other arena events. Peanut products are at the parks, swimming pools and playgrounds. Each time a child is faced with participating with any of these events, responsible parents do everything possible to remove or reduce the risk. Some even go to such measures to avoid public places completely.

School is not an optional place. A child with a peanut allergy would never responsibly eat at a restaurant that serves hundreds of peanut butter sandwiches and other peanut products, even if the restaurant offered a special peanut free table. Sitting at a special table does absolutely nothing to reduce the amount of the allergen in the room. The cafeteria is that student

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By qdebbie1 on Wed, 07-13-05, 20:49

hey kim
Can I get Roccos number.

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By Carefulmom on Wed, 07-13-05, 22:31

That is a excellent letter! I would not change anything. It is really good, and does not come across as overly emotional. It comes across as very rational, showing that we are not crazy parents, just parents trying to keep our kids alive while they go to school.

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By qdebbie1 on Thu, 07-14-05, 12:25

The paper printed nicoles letter in todays issue. The paper runs weekly. Look tomorrow for another letter that was printed. It is not online yet. I may retype it later. It has a guy calling me stupid and self centered. He also boasts of being a star trek fan and list a quote for dr spock. Would anyone be interested in responding to the editor for me. I have a letter written but I do not want one with my name on it just yet. I have been told by 2-3 people in my area that they wrote letters too but they have not been published yet.
I have a continued eligibility meeeting on the 18th. Hopefully the school does not intend on using star trek as their resource.

Not that theres anything wrong with that.

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By meadow on Fri, 07-15-05, 11:54

qdebbie,

I haven't read all the posts yet, so my apologies if this has been mentioned already.

I am a journalist. Sensational headlines attract readers. I think the approach to take in this matter is to ask the newspaper to print a correction. You'll probably be most successful.

You may find an attorney to sue the newspaper, but it's a time-consuming tasking and often doesn't reap the rewards you are seeking. Newspaper have great legal teams, even the small town papers.

Also, if you try to sue for slander, you'll have to prove the damages to you were a direct result of the headline. I'm not an attorney,and I'm not trying to give you legal advice, but just thought I'd let you know my opinion.

Good luck!!

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By DRobbins on Fri, 07-15-05, 22:08

Quote:Originally posted by Kim M:
[b] I don't know which would be beneficial to me: having a dime for every "false sense of security" argument I have ever read or heard (I'd be rich!), or putting a hit out on anyone making said argument.
[/b]

LOL.

Personally, I think the "false sense of security" argument is analogous to arguing that we shouldn't use seatbelts or carseats because the might create a "false sense of security" and encourage us to speed and drive like maniacs.

--Debbie

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By qdebbie1 on Mon, 07-18-05, 14:00

I guess the paper doesnt print letters online. This is the letter retyped by me:
Dear editor:
I read your June 30 article about Debbie Quillen and her son

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By notnutty on Wed, 07-20-05, 13:59

This makes me so mad!! Who NEEDS peanut butter for 5 meals a week?? The NEEDS of many?? I get so tired of this "I have the RIGHT to eat peanut butter" mentality. Where is the compassion for these children? I am afraid I am going to have this same battle on my hands very quickly. My child is going to be attending a preschool in the public school in fall. The cafeteria down the hall serves peanut butter EVERY DAY as a side item. I just can't believe the arrogant, self-serving people out there.

Good job on the letters...I would forget the lawsuit. It will not be successful and will only cause you more anxiety and grief. I worked in litigation for many years and rarely was the client happy with the outcome of the lawsuit. It rarely fixes the problem. Good luck!

Donna

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By qdebbie1 on Thu, 07-21-05, 20:04

If I knew how to move this to media I would.
another letter to the editor after my recent article.
[url="http://www.heraldonline.com/opinions/letters/story/5037439p-4594553c.html"]http://www.heraldonline.com/opinions/letters/story/5037439p-4594553c.html[/url]

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By qdebbie1 on Thu, 07-21-05, 20:20

That link sometimes wants your to login in. I copied it here.

Rid our schools of peanut threat

I had always assumed that a peanut allergy fit into a category much like any other food allergy: That you were safe as long as you personally did not ingest the offending food item. How dangerous that ignorance could be to an individual suffering from a peanut allergy. Until this year, I had no idea that peanut residue (which may not even be visible) deposited by an unknowing individual on a door handle, a drinking fountain or even a bathroom faucet could send a person with a peanut allergy into anaphylactic shock. This could require a trip to the emergency room, with the risk of death for some individuals.

As I look at the lunches offered at our school, my untrained eyes see very few offending items that could be a death sentence for a child with peanut allergies. These items include peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and junk food. Obviously, it is easy to replace peanut-laden candy bars and other junk food with a variety of other choices. While PB&J is popular, I cannot see how it would be worth risking the lives of children.

For five years, I have had children in the Fort Mill school district. I have attended school board meetings, have met with various administrative personnel. I have been constantly impressed by the passion our school personnel, school administrators and school board have shown toward our children's welfare. I am hopeful that this passion toward development of the whole child will continue as they look at whether to remove these items from our school menus.

Other school districts around the country have faced this issue without incident. They put safety of the child first and elected to eliminate peanut products from school cafeterias. I certainly hope the decision to eliminate peanuts is made sooner rather than later. I am confident no one wants to look back with regret after a child's anaphylactic incident at the school and wonder why we didn't make the decision sooner.

Mary Leonhardt

Fort Mill

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By qdebbie1 on Thu, 08-11-05, 12:22

another letter to the editor from last week.
[url="http://www.fortmilltimes.com/opinions/editorial/story/5077179p-4626542c.html"]http://www.fortmilltimes.com/opinions/editorial/story/5077179p-4626542c.html[/url]
Today I have an article, a letter the editor wrote and a letter to the editor from anothe pa parent in the paper. Hopefully they will be online tomorrow.

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By jtolpin on Thu, 08-11-05, 13:25

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Jason, I would suggest that you do a little research about food allergies. If you have a child of your own, imagine your child dead because of a simple everyday food. How can you compare one sandwich served twice a month to the life of a child?

Robin...? Me? Freudian slip? Not me!

I get it!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Jason

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By robinlp on Thu, 08-11-05, 16:26

That was me Jason!! :-) But not you. ;-)

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