The Children of Fukushima

It is now two years since the tsunami engendered meltdown of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plants, and, just as in the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, the children in the surrounding region, ever more vulnerable than adults, are suffering from radiation contamination. Some of the Chernobyl children were able to come here (to Tanglewood 4H Camp in Lincolnville) in the late 80’s, as respite from the  continuous exposure, and we now have the opportunity to send help to the Fukushima children who will be able to attend a distant respite and recuperation nature camp on Sado Island in western Japan (http://hettsuisado.blogspot.com) to help their bodies recover from the radiation. The Fukushima Fund for Saving Children from Radiation is seeking donations for this purpose. For more information, call 594-1478.

To understand the ongoing situation of the people of Fukushima following the accident, please come to the showing, Thursday March 21, 6:30 p.m., at Rockland Public Library, of the film, “Fukushima, Never Again”. The accident is not over, the contamination remains, and these communities are suffering the consequences and will continue to do so. The film is sponsored by the Midcoast Peace and Justice Group and Rockland Public Library.

Another resource for learning about the accident, its aftermath and the technology and liabilities of nuclear power is http://www.fairewinds.org/. We need to understand the ramifications of this energy source in this time of difficult energy decisions.

Sincerely,

Beedy Parker

Camden

 

Maine’s credit card is maxed-out!

Maine has come to a point in time were we have maxed-out our credit card and the card needs to be cut-up and thrown away.

We needs to take the first step of getting debt free.

For the first time in many a Maine’ governors terms we have a governor in Paul LePage who is acting like a good father and tells his legitimate children, the way it is! He treats us as responsible grown children with the truth — but there are still those who refuse to accept the facts that we are broke, and we need to pay our bills and stop the spending.

Jesus used the analogy of a good father in the Scripture; A good and loving father will discipline the child that he loves, but a child that is not truly loved will not be disciplined…therefore the one who is not disciplined is like an illegitimate child. If we teach our children to be very careful how they spend their money, then that is a sign of our love for them. To teach them to think in a discerning honest way–so they will not get into debt and ruin their lives…isn’t this a good principle, think about it!

Now, which father would you want for your dad, the one who gives you everything you want, or the one who really cares and teaches you to govern your ways into prosperity?

In order to get Maine’s house in order Gov. LePage has devised a plan to use Maine’s liquor revenue to pay off the debt we owe our hospitals and establish a balanced budget for Maine.

So why, pray tell, are there those who are determined to continue on the same road and spend Maine into oblivion?

The governor may not be the best politician in the world, but I can tell you with real conviction, he tells it the way it is…the truth!

When it comes to spending, some of Maine’s politicians are acting like spoiled children — all they care about is getting re-elected!

Shouldn’t they be doing the people’s business?

To start with — just cut up the debt card and listen to the governor‘s plan..

Gene Graves

Rockport

 

Lack of dental access shouldn't be ignored

The lack of dental access for Maine’s children is a problem that we cannot continue to ignore. Our children not having access to dental care hurts them both inwardly and outwardly. Untreated dental disease compromises a child’s ability to eat well, sleep well, talk, smile, feel good about themselves and function well at home and at school.

As a school nurse, I commonly see children in pain from tooth decay. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, only 35 percent of eligible MaineCare children received any type of dental service in 2011.

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the problem will only increase with more than 5 million children worldwide receiving dental coverage.

Local children here in the midcoast covered by MaineCare must travel to Bath or Bangor for dental treatment. For many families, getting to a dental appointment means losing a half day’s pay.

In Maine, we have nearly 2/3 of our population living in rural areas, but only 13.5 percent of dentists practice in those areas. The number of children not receiving proper dental treatment is staggering and we must find an affordable and attainable solution for ALL of Maine’s children.

Implementing dental hygiene therapists into our dental field is an excellent way to improve access to care, especially for our children. A dental hygiene therapist is supervised by a dentist and can perform routine cleanings, drillings, and fillings. This is similar to seeing a physicians assistant or a nurse practitioner for a doctor’s appointment. With these mid level providers, we can provide quality, affordable care that is proven to be consistently comparable to that of dentists.

I encourage our state legislators to do the right thing and help increase dental access for our children across Maine by supporting dental hygiene therapists. Why wouldn’t we want to make access to dental care as easy as possible for Maine children?

Respectfully,

Kristin Nelson, RN

Camden