Fluoridation pays off for everyone
Every year, many city councils, health boards, water boards, and voters take action to fluoridate their water supply. A United States national health objective for the year 2010 is to increase to at least 75 percent the portion of the population served by community water systems providing optimal levels of fluoride. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 66 percent of the population received fluoridated water in 2000.
Fluoridation of community water systems has been recommended by the American Dental Association, the U.S. Public Health Service, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a means of preventing tooth decay. The CDC cites water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
The reason these and many other organizations support fluoridation of community water systems is the benefit it provides to everyone, regardless of income, education, or access to regular dental care. Studies prove water fluoridation continues to be effective in reducing tooth decay even in an era of widespread availability of fluoride from other sources such as fluoride toothpaste.
Community water fluoridation is safe. Studies over the past 60 years have repeatedly confirmed the safety of water fluoridation and its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay. At optimum levels of 0.7 to 1.2 parts per million (ppm), fluoride is a safe way to prevent tooth decay in children and adults. The city of Brooksville has been proactive in its fluoridation effort and maintains a water fluoride concentration of about 0.85 ppm.
Community water fluoridation is cost-effective. The cost per person ranges from $1 annually in larger communities to $4 per year in smaller communities, considerably less than the cost of one dental filling or the repair of a decayed tooth. For most cities, every $1 invested in water fluoridation saves $38 in dental treatment cost.
The public health community and its partners seek to promote access to health care and eliminate barriers to programs such as community water fluoridation so that all citizens can receive the benefits of good overall health.
Madeline D. Berk, DMD, MBA, Senior Dentist Hernando County Health Department
Think for self in voting booth
What is the matter with (intelligent) people? What is wrong with (intelligent ) people?
I read the article about a local political party's "Unified front." I quote a paragraph from within the article, "It is our job, our duty, to spread (a political party's) message and make sure we do everything we can to get our (political party's) candidates elected in November."
What a horrible position for intelligent people to take.
I illustrate my meaning by using this picture: You are a registered (Republican/Democrat) and an active member of that party. A situation arises where the opposing party presents a candidate who you feel, in your heart, is better qualified for the position.
Do you blindly vote for your party's candidate? Or, for whom you feel is the best candidate?
I would hope that in the privacy of the voting booth your party's loyalty is set aside and you intelligently vote for the best candidate.
I am trashing the above quoted paragraph and its author, and I am questioning blind loyalty. Roget's Thesaurus says of this blindness: "Unwilling or unable to perceive."
Edwin A Barr, Brooksville
Fasano a voice for seniors' needs
A senior citizen testifies in court that she was exploited and that basically all of her worldly possessions were stolen from her by two con artists. This poor woman, 91 years of age, was forced to relate the details of how she was duped into signing away her home and her belongings. Outraged that it took three years for the two people charged with the crime to be brought to trial, state Sen. Mike Fasano became a voice for the victim. In a letter to the presiding judge he said in no uncertain terms that if convicted, the two who had perpetrated this fraud should be given the maximum sentence allowable.
Year after year Sen. Fasano files the Senior Safety Act to toughen the penalties against exploitation of the elderly. He has a long and distinguished history of standing up for our seniors by securing millions of dollars in funding for local and regional elderly services programs. Is it too farfetched to contemplate that he would take an interest in the victimization of a woman who should be enjoying her golden years? Of course not!
Ann Vente, Lutz
Let Fasano pay cost of new trial
I respect Sen. Mike Fasano's conservative views, but what was he thinking? He interrupted Judge Jack Day's trial. Because of his actions, this trial will have to be retried at taxpayers' expense.
He can rectify this blunder by picking up this cost from his half-million dollar campaign war chest.
Ted Chmielnicki, Port Richey
Celebrate our Constitution
The United States now commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution each Sept. 17. In 2004, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia helped sponsor an amendment that created a national holiday to recognize the Constitution and the benefits of citizenship. A noted historian, Byrd said today's youth do not learn enough about the foundations of our republic and the history of the Constitution.
Today, schools throughout Florida will take a moment to teach their students about the Founding Fathers, the history behind the signing and ratification of the Constitution, and why our nation is the greatest democratic republic in the history of the world. Teachers and families across the country can use this day as a teaching opportunity for the next generation of American citizens. Without a firm foundation in American history and its founding documents, our country will lose some of our national identity and core beliefs.
To help celebrate the U.S. Constitution, its history and values, free copies of the Constitution will be available to all residents during September at my district offices. Or, you may have one mailed to you or pick one up at one of our outreach meetings.
For information, call toll-free at (866) 492-4835.
U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite