Dental van making impressive difference in kids' self-worth
I have been working with families and children in our community for almost 30 years and have witnessed some phenomenal transformations of self-worth, when our children receive services from the various agencies committed to improving children's lives, but nothing like the transformations I have witnessed in the past two weeks.
These transformations are made possible by the mobile Dental Van (aka "Tooth Fairy"). My school has been the recipient of Tooth Fairy services and the smiles are making a difference. I have students who are literally smiling for the first time in a long while.
In just two weeks, self-confidence and self-esteem have exploded on
my campus. The attendance has also improved, due to the desire to see
the dentist. This incredible service is not only serving my school, but
will visit every school in the county and stay until the transformations
are complete for each participating child.
Parents, be on alert for a bright pink packet. The packet does seem a
bit daunting, but it is well worth your time to complete it and return
it as soon as possible. The next school to receive a Tooth Fairy visit
is Bess Maxwell.
It has been said the world always looks brighter from behind a smile,
and every day our children are proof there is power in a smile.
My smile goes out the California Endowment, Building Healthy Families
Initiative, The Del Norte Community Health Center and Del Norte County
Unified School for making these smiles happen.
I also want to thank the Transformation Dental Team of Dr. Robert
Chiang, Lynda Bourne, Laura Johnson and Barbara Davis for their genial
and understanding care. A special thank you smile also, goes out to the
Student Support Program coordinator, Martha Scott, and Jessica Turner,
family liaison for student support.
This commitment to our children and community makes me smile knowing that I live in such wonderful place.
Troubling, dangerous to say liberals oppose Constitution
Marlowe Thompson's Jan. 21 letter, "Liberals oppose Constitution, Declaration of Independence," is troubling
First, it's dangerous to say liberals oppose the U.S. Constitution.
I'm an ultra-liberal, yet when I was 20 years old I consented to
potentially forfeit my life when I swore to uphold and defend the
greatest legal document in world history, against all enemies foreign
When I attended college my concentration of study was history,
political science, and pre-law. I chose these topics because I was
fascinated with the document that provides me freedoms not known in some
places I visited while in the Army.
These areas of study allowed me to better understand our great
document in many regards: how it is interpreted; the historical
context/climate giving rise to its ratification; and, how it guarantees
freedoms to all of us.
In law school my favorite courses are Constitutional law and Criminal
Procedure. This is because I am fascinated with how the document grants
and restrains the power of the federal government; how it provides
liberties, leading to individual self-determination; and, it creates a
brilliant balance between how much power law enforcement is given to
effectively keep us safe, while guaranteeing that these state actors
always play by the rules in accordance with the 4thandndash;6th and 14th
For clarification, no politician is bound by the Declaration of
Independence. It's not a legal document. The Constitution is a legal
Also, abortion first became illegal in the U.S. in Connecticut in
1823 and not because of the "quickening" theory. Connecticut wasn't
interested in protecting fetuses but was interested in protecting the
mother. The mortality rate associated with abortion was substantially
higher to the mother than live birth.
Last, read the Constitution: there are only post-natal references to
"life." The Constitution, read textually, owes the fetus nothing.
The phrase "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is a war
cry. It has never had any legal significance and people should refrain
from citing it as if it does. However, "life, liberty, and property"
appears within the 5th and 14th amendments in regards to due process.
Both procedural and substantive due process should be what we are
concerned with. And though I am liberal I want to fight to ensure the
Constitution is used in a proper way to maximize our freedoms, enrich
our lives, and curtail an unfair legislature.