Informer: CPSB: Renoir Acres owners won’t let bus enter

By By Andrew Perzo / American Press

Why

does the Calcasieu Parish school bus drop off and pick up on Beglis

Parkway at Renoir Acres and not pull through the subdivision?

I am concerned about the safety of 30 children who enter and exit a

school bus on a 55 mph stretch of road in Sulphur each

day.

Many

of these children are very young elementary school students, and I

applaud the older children who help the younger students

and guard their safety. This bus could easily enter this

subdivision, make a circle through the small neighborhood and pick

up these children rather than put them at risk on a busy stretch

of highway.

In addition to the children at risk, there is also concern for other vehicles that are stopped on a 55 mph section of highway

for a rather lengthy period of time while the 30 or more children enter or exit the bus.

“While we do agree with the

individual’s concern, we were originally denied pickup and drop-off

access by the owners of the

property and the management company of the subdivision when it was

built,” school system Transportation Director Andy Ardoin

said in a statement forwarded to The Informer.

“Renoir Acres property owners continue to refuse to allow the Calcasieu Parish school buses to travel through the subdivision.”

Online: www.cpsb.org.

Drug discount card not part of scam

A reader called The Informer recently to ask about an unsolicited prescription drug discount card she got in the mail.

“It says you can get up to 75 percent

off of your prescription by just turning in this card — no fees, no

registrations,”

the reader said in a voicemail. “It doesn’t have your name on it.

What is it about? Are they going to bill you later or what?

I don’t understand how they can offer prescriptions for up to 75

percent off?”

The Informer contacted the reader, who said the card listed the names “United States Prescription Discounts” and “Catamaran”

and the phone number 888-607-3001.

United States Prescription Discounts is a free program run by ScriptRelief, which sends out drug discount cards under several

names, including the National Prescription Savings Network and RxRelief.

ScriptRelief in turn is owned jointly by the marketing firm Loeb Enterprises and Catamaran, which, Los Angeles Times writer

David Lazarus reported in July, “specializes in negotiating drug prices with pharmacies.”

Lazarus spoke with Ed McCabe, a ScriptRelief spokesman and former executive with Loeb Enterprises.

“ScriptRelief makes its money by

receiving ‘a few dollars’ from drugstores for every transaction

involving its cards, McCabe

said. Pharmacies apparently are betting that they’ll still come

out ahead by getting new customers through the door,” Lazarus

writes in his story.

“McCabe insisted that even though ScriptRelief is co-owned by a marketing company, it doesn’t sell or share card users’ personal

information. ‘That’s absolutely not how we make money,’ he said.”

ScriptRelief’s various unsolicited

discount cards have over the last year or so been the subject of several

news reports,

most of which point to the discrepancies between the toll-free

numbers’ recorded claims of privacy and the company’s online

disclosure that it may sell information on card users to third

parties.

The online policy has since been changed.

By all accounts, the cards are

legitimate coupons, offering some savings on some drugs. But keep in

mind that the savings

available to users of any discount card depend on several factors,

including the card issuer, the drug, the customer and the

time of year.

A final note: Drug discount cards can’t be used to buy medicine covered by insurance.

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The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098, press 5 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com