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A4 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, March 1,2012 Opinions : ; : By CeciLAcuff HGH is a'new acronymjn town; not really newl but popular enough to merit media's attention, Add to Amer- ica's Feel Good', efforts of plastic surgeons to enhance appearances and egos; a 'heWomer on the block, HGH, Human Growth Hormone. Now American's have found the Fountain of Youth, both outside and inside. Hollywood, or any place actors and actresse's faces are displayed 0n' a 70,foot screen, are concerned that the public may not accept the displayed magnified body. All it takes is a self-injected needle, and a doctor's prescription. And, an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 yearly. Many public performers sing high praises for HGH, "I feel stronger, sharper, younger, more balanced, more energetic, better skin-tone, and, no more gray hairs. HGH usage is largely the domain of those performers who wish they were 35 again. Anyone of those over 50 who have rippled stomachs and veins in the forearm are probably using HGH. Actors who use HGH have a major advantage over athletes - there's no stigma attached. After all is claimed, said, and paid for, a vast majority of endocrinologists agree; It is all baloney. They agree the therapy is effective for HGH-deficient patients. But that's fewer than 5 out of every 10,000 people. Two of the country's leading clinicians in the field of endocrinology agree that only a tiny fraction of the population actually need HGH. Are American's unaware of the Power of placebos? For every one "singing in the rain," there is another person who is just out in the cold rain. Medical experts acknowledge most users will see some small benefits. They lose a few pounds and gain a bit of lean muscle, but they won't gain any strength. Juan Ponce de Leon, 1460-1521, about 5 centuries ago, sailed with the Columbus second trip, then stayed in Santa Domingo. He later organized his own expedition in March, 1513, near St. Augustine Florida (Spanish for Land of Flowers), to begin his search for "The Fountain of Youth." He made the trip with 2 ships and 200 men. They were met by a large number of native Americans shooting arrows. Ponce died of wounds from one of those ar- rows. Now, it may be known where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!s arrow fell; not in the heart of a friend, but in Ponce's body. Is it a fact that millions of American's are descendants of Ponce de Leon, predisposing them to forever seek youth? Actually, doesn't everyone expect to live forever, or die trying? may be the key to a cure. Donate any car you own to the American Cancer Society. It's hassle- free, tax deductible, and will help us fund cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services. 1-877-999-CARS / www.ca ncer.org : Perkins, at the Perkins Post Office as Group. and entered 1 CommNeafions i i;i .............  i ! ;ii!ili ii i i!!ii!!  ii! TOSUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, fill outtNsform and mal wth !;i:i!i!il I ii000000:!iil remi.aoceto: rhePerkinsJ0uroa00,POB0x667, liiiiiiiii!i!i! i:!!!! Perkins, OK 74059-0667 iil)iiiil liiiiiiiiii00iii , Name  ,,,,, Address !,iiCity State__Zip aiiiii!iiiiii ,,,,,,,,,i! Rates: One year in Oklahoma.. $30 li!iiiiiii!iil ,,;:;; One year out of state ...... $35 iiii!i !iiiiiiiiiil BEA FRIEND, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 off of the rates listed above if you are a current paid subscriber. Use the form above for your"friend" and list your name here: | By Representative Lee Denney The challenge of combating methamphetamine was a major focus of lawmakers this week. Two significant bills were voted on in House committee. One failed, and one progressed. Legislation to make pseudoephedrine products prescrip- tion-only narrowly failed to pass. House Bill 2375 would have made it illegal to sell pseu- doephedrine products without a prescription. The drugs are often used to produce methamphetamine, and propo- nents said the bill would deny moth cooks access to the ingredients needed to make the drug. The bill was supported by law enforcement officials who said it would reduce meth production, but opposed by medical officials who said it would needlessly punish law-abiding citizens by making it difficult and more expensive to obtain allergy medicines. House Bill 2375 failed on a 6-7 votein the House Public Health Committee. A similar measure was also killed in a state Senate committee. On the other hand, legislation designed to identify meth cooks and deny them access to pseudoephedrine passed out of that same House committee. House Bill 2941 would require any pharmacy that sells pseudoephedrine or ephedrine maintain an electronic log of the sale and access a real-time electronic methamphet- amine precursor tracking service that will be operated through the Bureau of Narcotics. Under the legislation, a pharmacy could not complete a sale of pseudoephedrine if the tracking service generates a stop-sale alert. The legislation also lowers the quantity of pseudo- ephedrine product a person may purchase to 3.6 grams per day, 7.2 grams per 30 day period or 60 grams within a 12 month period. Individuals who attempt to exceed that limit would be flagged by the proposed tracking service. Violators would face a fine, and those convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine who attempt to pur- chase pseudoephedrine within 60 days would face up to 14 years in prison. House Bill 2941 passed unanimously out of the House Public Health and Safety Committee. The bill now pro- ceeds to the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representa- tives. It is important that we strike the right balance between protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens while also finding efficient ways to deter crime. On a different topic, the Oklahoma House of Repre- sentatives has begun posting Twitter updates containing up-to-the-minute information on floor activity. As bills are called for hearings on the House floor, tweets containing the bill number and links to information on the bill will be automatically posted in real time on the House Twitter page, @OKHouseofReps. This is just one more way to help keep the public informed of legislative activity. As always, feel free to contact me at (405) 557-7304 or at leedenney @okhouse.gov. .................     : ili[i i!iil i! ilii iiii "Frov'w My Desk' By Superintendent Janet Barresi One of the best books I read in the past year was "The Help," by Kathryn Stockett. The book details the lives of several black women who served as housekeepers and childcare workers during the volatile Civil Rights era of the 1950s and '60s. I laughed and cried as I read of their fictional struggle. It's hard to believe that just one generation ago, real, flesh-and-blood African Americans were fighting battles to sit wherever they wanted on public buses or in restau- rants or even to use the same restrooms as white people. They also were fighting to gain admittance to white's-only schools and universities. Too often these battles turned deadly, as in the case of the horrific Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, in which estimates of death range from 50 to 300 and thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed. We owe a debt of gratitude to professors of history, such as John Hope Franklin for chronicling this important chapter in our past. As a young boy, Franklin witnessed his father's law office burn down in the Tulsa Race Riot. METH He went on to report decades of abuse suffered by African Americans. Today, it's easy to think we've come so far, but many in the African American community would say we still have much work to do. As we celebrate Black History Month in February, and all of the triumphs of our many black heroes, we must commit to remain vigilant to build on their hard-won successes. As state superintendent of public instruction, it's my job to take a close look at the progress of African American Students in our schools and make sure that our academic standards are meeting their needs. National reports for tests such as ACT, SAT, AP and NAEP show that we are doing a better job of testing more African American students, but there are still achievement gaps in test scores. As educators we must make sure that children in our state are receiving the best education based on their individual need. I would like to commend the many educators in our state who work tirelessly every day to make sure this happens. I also would like to commend schools that have helped celebrate Black History Month with special assemblies or by offering selections of black literature in their libraries or through classroom lessons. By studying these lessons from our past, we can build a brighter future for every student. Continued from Page A1 Battle was staying at his residence with three others and that he sus- pected them of making meth, Nack wrote in another affidavit. With the owner's permission, the sheriff's deputy searched the house on Feb. 19 and found items used to manufacture metham- phetamine, the affidavit alleged. Tammy Keeler, Richard Keeler and Juanita Munoz were then arrested, the affida- vit said. After all four were inteviewed, a search warrant was obtained for the property on which they were staying -- that was served by the deputy and the Stillwater police officer on Feb. 21, an affidavit said. In a shed behind the house, three one-step methamphetamine labs -- also called "shake and bake" -- were located, the affidavit alleged. In a grain bin near the shed, ingredients were Roger Stevens found that can be used to make methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged. In the bedroom of Munoz and Richard Keeler, varous items of drug paraphernalia including syringes were found, the affidavit alleged. All four were charged together with three counts of endeavoring to manu- facture methamphetamine -- between Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 f, between Feb. 15 and Feb. 21, and between Feb. 20 and Feb. 2.1, All four were also charged together with trafficking methamphet- amine, possessing the drug without a tax stamp and possessing drug para- phernalia, all on Feb. 21. In a separate charge, Battle alone was accused of endeavoring to manu- facture methamphetamine on Feb. 19 by allegedly buying a cold pack containing ammonium nitrate, and also lithium batteries containing lithium metal, with intent to manufacture metham- phetamine. In another charge, Munoz, Richard Keeler and Tammy Keeler were accused of endeavoring to manufacture metham- phetamine on Feb. 19 by possessing a pickle jar with methamphetamine residue, an empty cold pack which had con- tained ammonia nitrate and a funnel with meth- amphetamine residue, with intent to manufac- ture the drug. If convicted of all of their charges, the four could each be given a life prison term plus 86 years and fined $611,000, according to documents filed by Payn e County prosecutor Jack Bowyer.