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Library bans latex
MetroWest Daily News ^ | May 12, 2005 | Auditi Guha

Posted on 05/12/2005 5:21:32 PM PDT by hadit2here

Faced with a lawsuit, the Bellingham Board of Library Trustees last night adopted a new policy banning latex balloons and gloves in the building.

Patrick Callahan, whose 9-year-old son Andrew has severe latex allergy, said he is relieved. He has been fighting for three months to get the facility latex-free.
"As long as we are in agreement, I will officially drop the case," he told trustees after a meeting in the library last night.

Trouble brewed in February after a children's program in the library left balloon sculptures displayed in the building.

Callahan said he asked library officials to remove the balloons and implement a no-latex policy. He had made the same request to the South Elementary School, he said, which complied immediately after his son enrolled.

"My son has a life-threatening latex allergy," he said. "This is a part of our lives."

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Web site, latex allergy symptoms can range from itchy skin to trouble breathing and was first recognized in the 1970s. However, there are no OSHA guidelines for latex exposure.

While his son could not go to the circus and had to recently leave a bowling alley where families turned up with balloons, as a resident for 12 years and a taxpayer, Callahan said a public library is something to which his son should have access.

"When they refused to institute a policy, we recognized it as discrimination right away," he said, citing the Americans with Disabilities Act, which covers public buildings.

His protest convinced the Massachusetts Office of Disabilities and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination to file a complaint against the library and a suit with the attorney general's office.

See link for the rest of this idiocy...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: ada; allergy; balloons; bush41; insanity; latex; latexfreepolicy; lawsuit; library; mcad
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There is a new sign on the library door stating the latex-free policy.
"That sign means so much more than not allowing balloons," Callahan said. "It means someone could die if latex was brought in."
"I can understand how some people may feel, but you have to consider how important it is to allow my son and kids like him to come to the library," Callahan said.
And if someone is allergic to pollen, then all of the plants and flowers on public grounds must immediately be ripped out...

And if there's even a possibility that one child could be struck by a motor vehicle, then all vehicles must be banned from public property.

And if someone is offended by [fill in the blank], then...

This country is going has gone right down the toilet because of the liberal/PC do-gooders. It's for the children, yah know!
1 posted on 05/12/2005 5:21:32 PM PDT by hadit2here
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To: hadit2here

Oh, thank God, so I'll still be able to get it on at the library.


2 posted on 05/12/2005 5:22:33 PM PDT by MahaMarty (This'll probably get me suspended...AGAIN!)
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To: hadit2here

There goes the condom machine in the basement men's room...

wait 'til the local LGBT organization hears of this.


3 posted on 05/12/2005 5:23:13 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: hadit2here; Cagey; MotleyGirl70

"And you want to be my latex salesman."


4 posted on 05/12/2005 5:23:43 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: hadit2here

What about mylar baloons?


5 posted on 05/12/2005 5:25:44 PM PDT by TypeZoNegative (Future Minnesota Refugee)
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To: Larry Lucido

Hey! You can't perform CPR on my son, you're wearing
latex gloves!


6 posted on 05/12/2005 5:27:20 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: oblomov
Wait until the boy needs one...
7 posted on 05/12/2005 5:29:08 PM PDT by paudio (Four More Years..... Let's Use Them Wisely...)
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To: hadit2here

Does this mean they will ban books that cause people to breath funny and act weird??


8 posted on 05/12/2005 5:30:23 PM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: tet68

Note to son,
Do not, DO NOT eat another balloon, you remember what
happened last time.

Let's see, no peanuts on airplanes,
no balloons in libraries,
no riding bicycles without helmets,
Absolutely no four wheeling!
Now go outside and play.


9 posted on 05/12/2005 5:30:31 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Ya know, they could be in series trouble here,
what if I came in and had an allergy to paper
and HAD to wear latex gloves to read a book!

Interesting conflict eh?


10 posted on 05/12/2005 5:32:19 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: hadit2here

That kid has no chance. All it'll take is one event requiring emergency medical service... and he's a goner.

Where does someone get the idea that the entire world must be bent to fit their extremely rare condition? Isn't this just a tad unrealistic?

I feel the same about people with peanut allergies and the like. It would be far better for that kid and that family if they could figure out some way to survive in the world. Eventually... they'll be in a place where they can't control others. Better figure out how to deal with it.


11 posted on 05/12/2005 5:33:27 PM PDT by Ramius
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To: hadit2here
"My son has a life-threatening latex allergy," he said. "This is a part of our lives."

...and now that child's allergy and the child that just learned that he can get his way by threatening a lawsuit has become a part of everyone else's lives, thanks.

12 posted on 05/12/2005 5:38:09 PM PDT by jz638
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To: hadit2here

"My son has a life-threatening latex allergy," he said. "This is a part of our lives."


Apparently it's part of everybodys life now. Also I'm confused as to why latex has to be removed. Can't the kid be in the same room as latex or hasn't he learned not to touch it?


13 posted on 05/12/2005 5:38:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Anyone who thinks we believe Hillary on any issue is truly a moron.)
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To: hadit2here

Thank you, Bush 41, for signing the ADA (otherwise known as the "Law of Unintended Consequences" act).


14 posted on 05/12/2005 5:38:59 PM PDT by Doohickey (CO during fire drill: "Are we conducting a training evolution or porpoising for the hell of it?")
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To: Ramius

Amen


15 posted on 05/12/2005 5:40:14 PM PDT by SALChamps03
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To: hadit2here

When will the town ban latex condoms?


16 posted on 05/12/2005 5:40:20 PM PDT by Redcloak (Over 16,000 served.)
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To: hadit2here

Minority Rules.


17 posted on 05/12/2005 5:40:22 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (LL THE)
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To: OKIEDOC

I didn't realize that this was the Socialist State of Washington.


18 posted on 05/12/2005 5:41:49 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (LL THE)
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To: hadit2here
"This is a part of our lives."

Your lives, not mine. Latex has probably saved ten thousand lives for every one it has threatened. If this guys kid is too sensitive so latex, keep him home.

19 posted on 05/12/2005 5:42:47 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopeckne is walking around free)
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To: hadit2here

Does this mean there will be no condom on the cucumber when this kid gets to middle school?


20 posted on 05/12/2005 5:43:01 PM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: Ramius
Exactly!

Now what if someone is allergic to paper?

21 posted on 05/12/2005 5:46:18 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: cripplecreek

Oh, jeez... just thought of another: Latex paint.

This kid is a goner.


22 posted on 05/12/2005 5:46:48 PM PDT by Ramius
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To: hadit2here
Patrick Callahan, whose 9-year-old son Andrew has severe latex allergy...

That boy's first sexual experience will definitely be something he'll remember for the rest of his life.

23 posted on 05/12/2005 5:49:07 PM PDT by Junior (“Even if you are one-in-a-million, there are still 6,000 others just like you.”)
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To: hadit2here

No gloves in the first aid kit, I suppose.


24 posted on 05/12/2005 5:49:16 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: cripplecreek
"I'm confused as to why latex has to be removed. Can't the kid be in the same room as latex or hasn't he learned not to touch it?"

My question too. If he can somehow be affected by breathing the air in the same room that a latex balloon is in then I don't have a problem accommodating him in his school and at the library. However if its strictly a touch thing then this is outta control. Either way I feel sorry for the kid, I'm not allergic to anything except alcohol, it makes my vision blurry, my speech slurry and I lose motor coordination
25 posted on 05/12/2005 5:49:24 PM PDT by Ignatius J Reilly
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To: Ignatius J Reilly

I grew up on a farm with the chickens that I was allergic to. I learned to stay away from them when I was 4 or 5 years old.


26 posted on 05/12/2005 5:51:51 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Anyone who thinks we believe Hillary on any issue is truly a moron.)
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To: Ramius
"When they refused to institute a policy, we recognized it as discrimination right away," he said, citing the Americans with Disabilities Act, which covers public buildings.

This kid is learning to be a perpetual victim. If he eats too much candy and becomes obese, he'll use the ADA to ban candy stores and vending machines.

27 posted on 05/12/2005 5:56:07 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: hadit2here

Gosh, we go to the library twice a week, and I never noticed latex. Who'da thunkit?


28 posted on 05/12/2005 5:59:36 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Every day is Mother's Day when you have James the Wonder Baby!)
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To: Ignatius J Reilly
If he can somehow be affected by breathing the air in the same room that a latex balloon is in then I don't have a problem accommodating him in his school and at the library. However if its strictly a touch thing then this is outta control.

If it's an airborne thing, what about latex paints? Gotta repaint the school? With what? Lead-based enamels?

29 posted on 05/12/2005 6:02:04 PM PDT by Ramius
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To: Ramius

"If it's an airborne thing, what about latex paints? "

Excellant point, which leads me to believe it is not an airborne condition, which further leads me to believe the parents need to back off


30 posted on 05/12/2005 6:04:47 PM PDT by Ignatius J Reilly
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To: Ignatius J Reilly

I looked really quickly at a website about latex allergies and apparently there is a problem with "latex dust" from products, so airborne latex may be a problem for the kid. That said, should the library have to sterilize itself or should the kid, on the probably rare times he goes to the library, wear a dust-filtering mask? The website said the extreme danger was anaphylactic shock, which is serious and potentially fatal. But can't an adult with a kit for shock accompany the kid? That is how adults handle their allergies. The question is, who should accommodate? The kid and his family or the world? Sounds like the world surrendered.


31 posted on 05/12/2005 6:05:29 PM PDT by caseinpoint (IMHO)
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To: Ignatius J Reilly

Our school is now latex-free. It was explained to us that the existance of balloons isn't the problem. But, if one pops (which one invariably does), latex is spewn into the air and can be breathed by the child.

It's all part of the no-Christmas, no-Birthday cupcakes PC crowd. Last year they got rid of peanut butter in the cafeteria! Imagine that. They replaced it with soybeans that tasted like garbage. Nobody ate them, the parents complained, and we have peanut butter back.

I know it's challenging to live in a world where everyday items can cause serious health allergies, but it's not right to ban peanut butter from the school cafeteria. Since we can't have birthday parties any more, I guess the balloon issue is dead anyway.


32 posted on 05/12/2005 6:05:38 PM PDT by kdot
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To: Larry Lucido

Answer the Phone!...Hire You?
33 posted on 05/12/2005 6:09:13 PM PDT by Khurkris (This tag-line is available on CD ROM. NRA. (bite me Hilary!))
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To: kdot

"Our school is now latex-free. It was explained to us that the existance of balloons isn't the problem. But, if one pops (which one invariably does), latex is spewn into the air and can be breathed by the child

Thanks for the info, in that case I would say it's not too much to ask for a school that has one of these latex allergic kids to not allow balloons. Balloons don't add that much to the educational process IMO, not balaced against a kids life


34 posted on 05/12/2005 6:13:47 PM PDT by Ignatius J Reilly
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To: Tax-chick
Very old books and publications should be handled wearing gloves, so skin oil wont come in contact with them and cause further deterioration. Many times latex gloves are used due to low cost.
35 posted on 05/12/2005 6:13:51 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Pray for us all.)
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To: hadit2here

36 posted on 05/12/2005 6:14:40 PM PDT by MRMEAN (Nuke the border!)
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To: tet68

latex-free gloves are available on our ambulances......


37 posted on 05/12/2005 6:16:03 PM PDT by tioga
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To: hadit2here

Ooooh, all those people with dust allergies have just cause to close down every library on the planet!


38 posted on 05/12/2005 6:21:18 PM PDT by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: hadit2here

Does this mean that my grandmother has to stop accessing those latex fetish porn sites on her neighborhood library's internet terminals?


39 posted on 05/12/2005 6:21:29 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: cripplecreek

Severe reactions to allergins can cause anaphylactic shock and death. I have many allergies as well, but never had anything that serious. Some children DO have this type of reaction to peanut butter or latex. It is rare, but it happens.


40 posted on 05/12/2005 6:23:10 PM PDT by tioga
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To: MRMEAN

Shortens of breath, swelling .......OMG I'm allergic to latex too


41 posted on 05/12/2005 6:23:33 PM PDT by Ignatius J Reilly
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To: MahaMarty
Does this mean I'll have to stop wearing my BatBoy costume in public??

Bruce Wayne may fire me.

42 posted on 05/12/2005 6:26:51 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I just got my free credit report....cost me $69.95......I'm not paying the bill. I'm doomed!!)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Oh, how interesting. But that would not be an issue in your average suburban branch library.


43 posted on 05/12/2005 6:49:14 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Every day is Mother's Day when you have James the Wonder Baby!)
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To: Tax-chick
But many small libraries have old county or town records, Especially from places that aren't around anymore. Also some store rare books from main branches. You'd be surprised.
44 posted on 05/12/2005 7:06:51 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Pray for us all.)
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To: Doohickey
Thank you, Bush 41, for signing the ADA (otherwise known as the "Law of Unintended Consequences" act).

We call it the "Plaintiff's Attorneys Full Employment Act"

45 posted on 05/12/2005 7:18:24 PM PDT by Luddite Patent Counsel ("Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - Groucho Marx)
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To: hadit2here
"And if someone is allergic to pollen, then all of the plants and flowers on public grounds must immediately be ripped out...

What an idiotic thing to say. How do you differentiate between an allergen and a toxin? At what point do you draw the line. Would you approve of me smoking marijuana in the library if your kids were present, how about dumping solvents in the community pool?

46 posted on 05/12/2005 7:26:28 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: hadit2here
Faced with a lawsuit, the Bellingham Board of Library Trustees last night adopted a new policy banning latex balloons and gloves in the building.

Well, at least the fetishists can still go in and expand their minds...

47 posted on 05/12/2005 8:17:30 PM PDT by solitas (So what if I support a platform that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.3.7)
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To: hadit2here
"My son has a life-threatening latex allergy,"

Peanuts/peanut butter.

Three little words:

Evolution in action.

48 posted on 05/12/2005 8:56:45 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more work horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: Natural Law
Would you approve of me smoking marijuana in the library if your kids were present, how about dumping solvents in the community pool?

Both of THOSE are illegal actions: "apples and oranges" compared to innocuous things such as balloons and gloves (who WEARS rubber gloves in a library anyway?).

What is next? Banning all perfumes (not a bad idea, considering some scents) and deodorants? How about people who have allergies to synthetic cloth? Or have extremely sensitive hearing? Or have strange phobias?

<sarcasm>
Just think: "This library prohibits entry to individuals possessing bottles containing urine and crucifixes." The ACLU would have a collective stroke (again, not altogether a bad idea)! Or - "This library has removed all objectionable articles in keeping with being a bibliophobic-friendly environment."
</sarcasm>

50 posted on 05/12/2005 9:34:54 PM PDT by solitas (So what if I support a platform that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.3.7)
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