Letters to the editor on health care ruling, fluoridation, paying for spending, traveling sculpture
06/29/2012 5:47 PM
06/29/2012 5:47 PM
Health care ruling was moral decision
Congratulations, America. Whether or not you agree with the federal health care law, the U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling that will directly benefit you and your children.
This is not a law that pumps millions of dollars into some sort of a military machine or into aid for foreign countries. It does not help bail out any banks or major corporations. This is a law that serves to help and protect the American people against companies that, up until this point, have had the authority to deny you the right to medical care. It makes it affordable for seniors and others to buy the medications they need and not give up their groceries to do it. It saves families from having to go broke or lose their homes to care for a sick child or parent.
The ruling made by the court was one of the most moral and ethical decisions ever handed down.
GraceMed is a faith-based, nonprofit community health center with a vibrant oral health care outreach program touching the lives of more than 5,000 children each year. Our dental hygienists provide services at Early Head Start and Head Start centers, public and parochial schools, and with special partners such as the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch.
The children we see at these locations are generally poor and do not have an established dentist. After several years of providing these services, we are no longer surprised to witness a high incidence of dental caries. Cavities, untreated, will affect a child’s ability to learn and eventually to become a productive member of society. And most of the problems we see are preventable.
Water fluoridation, as evidenced in communities over the past 60 years, is proved to provide great oral health care benefits and is endorsed by all respected dental and medical professional organizations, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And our own local dentists and physicians support water fluoridation.
This is a local issue, so let’s not allow a New York organization, through its robocalls, to influence our leaders or residents on a decision that will benefit thousands of area children for years to come. Let our leaders know you support water fluoridation.
GraceMed Health Clinic
No magic potion
My father was a local dentist who donated one day a week to a Wichita clinic that provided free dental care to low-income families. My family brushed with fluoride toothpaste and plaque-disclosing tablets, used floss, a Waterpik and hydrogen peroxide rinses. We were warned against foods that cause tooth decay and encouraged to take responsibility for our own oral health with a good diet and correct and consistent brushing, and by having our teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist every six months. It was not the job of any city government.
Water fluoridation is being advertised as a magic potion to decrease tooth decay, while the greater and truly successful tasks reducing it are ignored.
A person came to my door and asked me to sign a petition to convince the Wichita City Council to approve fluoridation. When I declined, I was told that I should still sign it, because that would put it up for a vote. I read the petition and found no wording that remotely suggested this.
Researching fluoridation, I have learned important facts on how it negatively affects family pets and soil. I say “no.”
How paid for?
Years ago, when I was a member of the Jaycees, whenever a member proposed a civic project the means of funding it had to be included. I suggest that Eagle letter writers subscribe to this philosophy. Two examples: the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch and school funding.
Many have written that the boys ranch should be ongoing, but they haven’t included funding suggestions. Normally, it’s spending cuts or tax hikes. If spending cuts, suggest which ones and how much. If raising taxes, how much more property taxes are you willing to pay?
I suggest combining existing available county funds and forming a Save Our Riddel Ranch organization to solicit private donations and organize fundraisers to establish an endowment.
I believe school funding is adequate. If you disagree, again, identify which spending cuts or tax hikes. My suggestion is that the state fund state-mandated programs and all other programs be identified with attendant costs and put to a vote by each school board, and each program be voted on severally.
RICHARD A. HOPPER
I read about the Operation Freedom Memorial sculpture being completed and needing a temporary place where it could be viewed until funds are raised for the construction of the memorial (June 26 Local & State). How about making this awesome memorial a “traveling sculpture” throughout Kansas?
More people around the Sunflower State could have the opportunity to view this wonderful memorial, and I am sure many would donate to the cause. There are thousands of veterans around the state and people with family members currently serving in the military, as well as those who support our troops in any way they can.
How about placing this fabulous sculpture on the Kansas State Fairgrounds during the upcoming fair in September? Tens of thousands could have the opportunity to see it and donate as well. In Hutchinson, we have numerous new sculptures downtown that are being viewed and voted on, with the winning sculpture to be purchased next year by the city. I am sure folks would turn out to see the Operation Freedom Memorial as well. I know it is one I am most anxious to see in person.