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Wed
13
Sep

Are we there yet?

Six adults packed into an SUV, heading for a fish fry on a Friday evening, and somebody in the third row yells, “Are we there yet?”

My mind goes into fast rewind to when our kids were little and we’d take trips, two adults and five little ones packed into our station wagon. Maybe we’re on our way to visit grandparents or we’re pulling a two-wheeled trailer with our camping gear heading for a campground. Almost invariably, we’d get that “Are we there yet?” question a number of times before we reached our destination.

Things were different then. Cars were not equipped with DVD players and kids didn’t have hand-held game devices to keep them from being bored. We’d load in a few comic books, coloring books and crayons, and toys, but that never seemed to be enough to keep them distracted for very long.

Wed
06
Sep

Dental association backs fluoridation

This letter is submitted on behalf of the Wisconsin Dental Association and its more than 3,000 member dentists and dental hygienists statewide who are committed to quality oral health care.

It has come to our attention that Oconto Falls is discontinuing fluoridating its local water system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have proclaimed fluoridation one of the most significant public health advances of the 20th century and one of the safest, most cost-effective ways to improve overall oral health.

We regret the numerous inaccuracies reported in a local television report. Neither dental health experts nor the WDA were contacted for comment. The facts are as follow:

– Community water fluoridation is safe. It’s the same as adding vitamin D to milk.

– Community water fluoridation is effective. Drinking fluoridated water reduces tooth decay over a lifetime by 25 percent.

Wed
06
Sep

Council should reconsider fluoride decision

Recently the Oconto Falls City Council voted to discontinue fluoride in the city’s drinking water.

As a dentist I feel it is my duty to inform my patients and the whole community of Oconto Falls that eliminating fluoride in the drinking water will result in long-term harm through increased tooth decay and increased financial expense.

Fluoridated water is cost-effective. The annual cost for Oconto Falls is $13,475, or less than $5 per person. An individual can have a lifetime of fluoridated water for the cost of one dental filling. As taxpayers we all pay the price for dental problems when these expenses come from the Medicare/Medicaid budget.

Nationally oral disease is our most common health problem. Dental issues cause children to lose 53 million school hours and adults 164 million lost work hours each year.

Wed
06
Sep

Dairy farming is much more than a job

To a kid growing up on a dairy farm, “teats” is not a naughty word! We had a barnful of ’em, and they were our bread and butter, so to speak.

Twice a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, we went to the barn and washed, massaged and squeezed ‘em. Our livelihoods were inextricably mingled with mammaries!

Dairy farming when I was a kid was more than a full-time job; it was a lifestyle. It was our life! Those stupid cows had to be milked twice a day, seven days a week, throughout their lactation periods. Why? Because dairy cows, stupid as they are, liked routine, I guess; it made them feel comfortable? I don’t know about animal psychology, but I’m guessing the routine made them more relaxed. They knew what to expect, so their milk flowed more easily? Maybe!

Wed
30
Aug

Council made wrong choice on fluoridation

To the editor:

I’m submitting this letter to the editor in response the decision made recently by the City Council in Oconto Falls to stop adding fluoride to the community water supply. I am a registered dental hygienist and serve as the associate director of Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin.

Fluoridation is safe and effective, and there are more than 3,000 peer reviewed and published studies supporting this. Information provided at the City Council meeting inaccurately noted that cities across the county and Wisconsin are eliminating their fluoridation programs and now it is nearly a 50/50 split. This could not be further from the truth.

The percentage of people across the United States who use a community water supplies that fluoridate continues to rise. Between 2000 and 2014, the percentage of U.S. residents receiving optimally fluoridated water rose from 65.0 percent to 74.4 percent.

Wed
30
Aug

Lemon pie, very pretty …

Did you know know that Aug. 15 was National Lemon Meringue Pie Day?

Well, neither did I, but Marilyn came home from Piggly Wiggly with a pie with about 3 inches of meringue on top. “It was on sale,” she said with a big smile on her face, “and I had a coupon!” She loves sales and coupons, and she loves lemon meringue pie. What a great day!

So, then I went looking for some quirky stuff about lemon pie because a friend challenged me to write a column about lemon pie. I found out that Aug. 15 was also National Failures Day. I suppose that could mean that the meringue on a lemon pie fell, right?

I also found out that there’s a novel, published in 2011, titled “Lemon Meringue Pie,” by Keith Watson, but I couldn’t find out why the book was given that title from the brief blurb that was given on Amazon.com.

Another book I found was called “Lemon Meringue Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke. Again, no clue for the choice of title. What’s up with that?

Wed
23
Aug

Council should reverse fluoride decision

To the editor:

I am the Oconto County health officer, however, I am writing this as a citizen of Oconto Falls. On Aug. 8 the Oconto Falls City Council approved a motion to stop adding fluoride to the community water supply. This has been done since 1967.

Adjusting fluoride in the water to a level that prevents tooth decay (cavities) is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. This adjusting of fluoride is called community water fluoridation.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. The pain caused by tooth decay affects a child’s ability to concentrate in school and limits which foods they can eat.

Wed
23
Aug

Stop the mine

To the editor:

I wish Michigan had the “Prove It First” law that Wisconsin has. The world also wishes that, because we hear from various places that are also fighting mines on rivers but they don’t have that law either.

Wisconsin, please don’t let Sen. Tiffany get away with abolishing that law just because he and others want money.

We all want clean water, not the money that will help investors but will cause mines to contaminate our pure Michigan water. We don’t oppose all mines, only mines that want to be located near water. Water is life, and once it is contaminated, it can’t be cleaned up again. No mine has left clean water, and most are not even next to water.

Wed
23
Aug

Salutes

Trail supporters thank sponsors, volunteers

To the editor:

The third annual Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce “Run for the Trails” took place on June 24. Events included a timed half-marathon run, 10K run, 5K run or walk through beautiful Oconto Falls. The family friendly quarter-mile fun run/walk took place on the new track at ST Paper Stadium.

Adult participants received a ticket to enter the drawing for a Fitbit and other prizes, and the Fun Run participants received an extra entry into the kid bike giveaways that took place at the Health & Safety Fair held at the elementary school.

We send out a big thank you to all who helped and supported this event. Without help from our volunteers, Oconto Falls School District, city of Oconto Falls, Oconto Falls Utilities and the Oconto Falls Police Department this event would not take place.

Wed
23
Aug

If I had a nickel …

How often have you heard someone say, “If I had a nickel …”?

I heard someone say it recently in regards to our flamboyant and unpredictable president.

That expression jogged my memory. When I was a little kid, helping Dad do chores in the barn, Dad would often sing songs. When I think about it objectively now, I realize Dad wasn’t a great singer and didn’t have a very large repertoire, but you know how memories are, don’t you? We remember the things we want to remember the way we want to remember them, not necessarily the way they really were. They get bigger and more wonderful than might actually have been.

Anyway, like I said, I heard somebody say the old “If I had a nickel” line recently and it reminded me of a song Dad used to sing sometimes. I can’t even remember for sure how it all went. There were many verses, but they all meant essentially the same. The chorus was something like:

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