TIME FOR A DRUG-TESTING PETITION
By Larry Parr
letting the new Executive Board have a month or so to take action on
drug-testing that shows it is prepared to respect the wishes of an
overwhelming majority of its dues-paying members. If the silence
continues and the policy remains unchanged, then I favor putting together a
standardized petition noting deep dissatisfaction with the USCF's going along
with drug testing.
Federation critics, I believe that petitions and public pressure have an
effect on our politicians, especially if the petition and pressure are
linked to continuing dues-paying membership in the USCF.
I will put
together a draft petition (about one page in length) and will ask for input
from those of you on this and other forums. Meanwhile, I have collected
a number of names of people who have e-mailed me in the past and who wish
to get involved in such a petition campaign.
Some of us
who oppose the Age of Snoopism have been on opposite sides in battles on
other issues at other times. If drug-testing is to be defeated, then we
are going to have to bury the hatchet in chess surveillance rather
than in one another.
Since I live
in Malaysia, I am simply unable to head up a movement that will be centered in
the United States. Some civic-minded chess citizens are going to have to
step up and take the lead.
is simply no excuse for the Federation political class to ignore the evident
wishes of its dues-paying membership -- of, in truth, its customers. The
customers must now make their will known.
Yours, Larry Parr