Letters to the Editor for Monday, Sept. 9

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAmericans should be more compassionateIt is inconceivable to me that our president put so much emphasis on appointing Supreme Court justices who would embark on overturning Roe Vs. Wade because he was so outraged with ending the life of a fetus.Yet he so callously ignored and dismissed the importance of ending a medical program for those from other countries needing to be in the United States for life-saving medical interventions.Within the month, this administration will end this program resulting in medical consequences for many of those people here in the United States for medical support.One might argue that because they are undocumented immigrants, they have no right to receive this help.Others might think that America is a country of compassion that will provide others with the support they need under dire circumstances.These people pose no threat to us.The threat to America is the deserved condemnation against this administration by anyone or any country that has a conscience about how a person is treated when such a program is terminated.Bill ShapiroSchenectady World not yet giving up on its use of coalWhile Americans are noble in their attempt to outgrow coal, the world consumption is increasing.A billionaire coal magnate died recently after just seeing the last obstacle of developing the most recent major coal find in Australia.In the past year, India burned over 600 million metric tons of coal. They welcome cheap Australian coal.In India, 70% of electrical generation is coal-fired electrical generation.India has announced its intended mandate is to bring electricity to 300 million Indians who don’t have electricity. Their fuel of choice is coal because it’s cheap. India has abundant coal reserves, and the direct negative impacts on climate are ignored.India is going to sell coal-generated electricity to Bangladesh.What is ironic is that Bangladesh will be one of the greatest death sources during major weather events.Millions of acres of Bangladesh are only a few feet above sea level.They will suffer hundreds of thousands of casualties from storm surge, malaria and cholera during the next typhoon.Richard MoodyMiddleburghlast_img read more

National Children’s Dental Health Month: Northeast Michigan Facing Gaps in Dental Health

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month.The state of Michigan, including Northeast Michigan is still facing gaps in access to quality dental care.According to the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, children in countrysides or urban communities are affected most when it comes to dental health.One strategy to address this issue is to increase access to care by allowing mid level dental providers called ‘dental therapists’ to treat children.A hired dental therapist would be trained and licensed to deliver routine care such as filling cavities, which is a common reason for children being absent in school.“In very young children you can see ‘bottle rot’ where the teeth haven’t developed healthy. When children aren’t brushing regularly or don’t have regular cleanings they can have cavities. Untreated dental issues are a large driver of cavities. If you have a cavity that goes unfilled that can result in pain making it hard for a child to be able to function in school,” Executive Director of Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, Amy Zaagman said.Many children are insured through public insurance making it difficult to access a dental location. There is at least one dental lack area in 77 of Michigan’s 83 counties including Alpena County.Nearly 60% of children on Medicaid did not see a dentist in 2015 placing Michigan in the bottom ten states in the nation.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena county, Dental Care, Dentist, National Children’s Dental Health MonthContinue ReadingPrevious One Firefighter Injured During Friday Morning’s House FireNext ‘We Got the Beat’ Event Honors Heart Health Month Teaching Woman How to Prevent Heart Attackslast_img read more