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Letters to the editor - 6.2

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By The Staff

Law needed to replace worn, torn flags

To the editor:

My name is Nick Schrieber and I am a 12-year-old Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg student.

I think that all flags at businesses in Lawrenceburg should be checked to make sure they aren’t torn.

They show not only our pride in our country but also the pride in our veterans, living and dead.

My grandfather, Danny D. Dunn, retired 100 percent disabled and was in the Vietnam War.

I think that a torn flag disgraces not only my grandfather but all of our veterans.

It should be mandatory that all worn or torn flags in the city be replaced.

Nick Schrieber

Lawrenceburg.

Throw the bums out in 2010, 2012

To the editor:

Our 535 employees in the U.S. Congress and our CEO in the White House have ignored their sworn job descriptions and should be fired outright.

In defiance of their oath, they have served unions, special interest groups, corporations and Wall Street, and their so-called conservative and liberal ideologies are only different routes to the same paymasters.

Just look at a sampling of their products: A money-corrupted government, unconstitutional, self-serving earmarks, home foreclosures by the millions, silent factories, unprotected borders, a dictatorial, flawed health-care plan, two meaningless wars, an enslaving national debt, an insane budget deficit, the rich are richer, the middle class and poor are poorer, and never a mention of simple right and wrong.

“We the people” have abundant grounds to terminate our 536 employees. As their immediate supervisors, we have the same, crucial responsibility as the Minutemen of Lexington and Concord had back in 1775, but with one significant difference. Thanks to them and a lot of other Americans since, we can use votes instead of bullets.

We must fire our 536 employees in November of 2010 and 2012, and continue to fire them for as long as it takes to place new hires on the job who will simply respect the obligations of their sworn oath.

If we the people do not communicate that message by deed, not by words or warnings or second chances, we the people, and only we the people, will be totally responsible for the downfall of the America envisioned by our founding fathers.

Shafter Bailey

Lawrenceburg

Farmer’s market has plenty to offer

To the editor:

I found myself watching and waiting, almost as eager as anticipating the first seed catalogs in January.

Soon there was life at the local farmer’s market.

Located on Highway 127 Bypass North, the Old Train Depot from Lawrenceburg still shows the same facade it did when it was in use as, you guessed it, a train depot. If only the walls could talk.

Now, though, they would have a new conversation. Fresh produce, annuals, perennials and chainsaw carvings are just a few of the items that grace the area where friends, families and newcomers joined the ranks of our fair county.

Incorporated as a non-profit organization, the Anderson County Farmer’s Market adopted its first bylaws and operating procedures May 13, 2002. Since then revisions have taken place and membership has grown.

According to the membership laws, any Anderson County producer of agriculture related products may become a selling member. Or anyone making or producing a product determined to add to the overall sales of the market can become a selling member. You can also participate in the daily operation as a day seller or consignment seller.

Spring is not the only time to visit the farmer’s market. As the summer progresses, an increasing number of handmade or homegrown items arrive. With so much to choose from you will easily find the perfect treasure to add to your garden, grace your dinner table or decorate your home.

So if you have not yet visited, stop by the Old Train Depot and say hi to Vicki, Clarence or whomever is minding the store. The market is open from April through November.

The hours are Monday 3 to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first Wednesday of each month they are found downtown on The Green from 2 to 6 p.m.

If you think you would be interested in becoming a member, just ask for a copy of the bylaws and operation.

Attached to the back is the application to sell at the Anderson County Farmer’s Market. You may also visit the website acfm.proboards.com for more information. There are many talented and committed agricultural people blessing our fair county and surrounding counties.

Since we are all in this together, stop by, say hi and buy local. Consider becoming a member.

M. Jane Sinnett

Lawrenceburg

Kindergarten students need dental screenings

To the editor:

Along with a school physical and vision screening, children entering kindergarten next school year are now also required to get a dental screening.

The recent passage of House Bill 186 now requires a dental screening for 5- and 6-year-olds for the year they enter into the public school system.

Why require a dental screening for children? Perhaps the most convincing reason for our state to address oral health is that Kentucky currently has the nation’s highest rate of toothlessness. Overall dental health affects many aspects of our general quality of life from overall self-esteem, difficultly in getting a balanced diet and impact on chronic disease, and even early mortality.

Though the proverbial chicken-or-the-egg question has yet to be definitively answered, the connection is clear: poor oral health routinely coexists with heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other illnesses.

Behavioral factors such as smoking and poor diets have clearly established causal links to poor oral health.

While real public health gains have been made in oral health, Kentucky’s overall status can best be termed as below average. That being said, this new dental screening requirement is an attempt to draw attention to how important oral health is at an early age and should be considered a good thing.

The required dental screening can be completed by a dentist, dental hygienist, medical practitioner or an Anderson County Health Department nurse. Anderson County Health Department will be offering a free dental screening to patients who get a school physical or receive a dental varnish from our agency. Don’t wait until school is about to start, take time to call and schedule an appointment now.

For more information about this new requirement or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Anderson County Health Department at 839-4551 or visit us online at www.achdonline.org.

Brandon Hurley, MPH

Anderson County

Health Department

Public Health Director