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Mon., May 14, 2007, 11:43 a.m.

Trib: Random Drug Tests Becoming Way of Life

Try getting a job these days without peeing in a cup. Hate to break this to you, kids, but your urine is no longer sacred. If you want a job, odds are you're going to have to let your employer check for illegal drugs. Is this right? Is this fair? Probably not. Under the Fifth Amendment, you should be secure in your person and property unless authorities have reason to believe you've been up to some sort of devious shenanigans. This just in: Life is not fair. (And it only gets worse as you get older.) Court case after court case affirms the right of employers to check their workers for drugs. So student athletes in Washington state get a little bit of sympathy for being upset about random drug testing. But not much -- Tom Henderson/Lewiston Tribune.

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DFO: I oppose random drug testing on constitutional grounds. On a practical level, however, I understand why they're probably necessary, to protect employers from hiring drug users. However, I wonder if unscrupulous employers could use random tests to search for a whole laundry list of conditions before hiring someone?

Question: Do you support random drug tests for high school athletes and office employees?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.