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6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011 Kindergarteners visit with firefighters This past week kindergarteners at R.V. Traylor Elementary School have been learning about fire safety and how firefighters are are important to the community. On October 19, 2011, the students were given the opportunity to visit with the firefighters and to explore one of their fire trucks. Courtesy photo Border 00,spitals are magnetfor moaern care By DAWN NEWMANIRodeo care industry:' Meanwhile, the to special packages, sometimes at Part II New Mexico and Arizona hospitals, are feeling the pressure today. As border hospitals attempt to deliver top notch facilities, emergency services, and reliable care to anyone who can or can't afford to buy it. Health care ex- perts look to the increased demand at the bor- der and the so-called, magnet of modern, technology-based health care offered in U.S. hospitals. The McAllen Medical Cen- ter in Texas estimates that uncom- pensated care runs about $ 200 million a year - that's dollars that will never be seen again while the government 'takes a bow' and 1985 federal-government's man- dated Emergency Medical Treat- ment and Active Labor Act, (EMTALA) has fueled the final push for reliable health care. So, like labor pains, the pres- sure is measurable at the border and beyond to Cities like Den- ver, Colo., Tucson, Phoenix, Ariz., and into Texas. While U.S. hospitals con- tinue to absorb patients in emer- gency rooms, for such treatments as dialysis or simple surgery, the real culprit may be the poor qual- ity of foreign based health care. For example, if you're going to deliver a baby in Africa, you had better be able to walk for doens little to no cost for emergency rooms or modern delivery proce- dures. The added benefit for moms- they can apply for citi- zenship immediately at birth and sign up for an assortment of gov- ernment-paid for, health, educa- tion and welfare benefits for the child. While American mothers rarely travel to Mexico for a hos- pital delivery, a handful of Ameri- can women have reported the contrast between U.S. " and Mexico's health care system. They believe the demand for U.S. care has become a global phenom- ena. "I've personally,visited a clinic offering some alternative Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald@aznex.net. Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication All letters that are published should be consid, ered the opinion of the author, and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Support needed Dear Editor, In 2009, the voters of the Lordsburg Municipal School District approved a bond issue, part of which was used to con- struct a very nice and new Mav- erick Stadium. Lordsburg High School now has a reputation for having the best track and field in our corner of the state. The voters deserve appre= ciation for their support of this project. That appreciationhas been at least partly expressed by the District making the track and field accessible to the commu- nity for'both individual and group use. Unfortunately, there are those among us who abuse the privilege and do not take care of the facility while using it. There have been several inci- dents of unsupervised children playing inappropriately in, on, and under equipment in the Sta- dium. Bicycles and skateboards have been used despite posted signs prohibiting their use. Some persons scatter trash, seed shells, food remnants, etc., throughout the Stadium rather than using provided trash cans. And finally, posted signs remind visitors to close the gates, yet they are often left open, allow- ing stray dogs to enter and leave their messes behind. The District does not want to close the StadiUm to the gen- eral public. So we request the help of our community partners. Not only do we ask that you take good care of a facility paid for with your tax dollars. We also need for everyone using the Stadium to call attention to mis- use and abuse by speaking to of- fenders, school personnel, and/ or local police as appropriate. Together we can keep Mav- erick Stadium in great condition and a source of community pride for years to come. Thank you for your help and support. Jim Barentine Superintendent, Lordsburg Schools Stupid people Dear Editor, I'm back! First I want to offer my condolences to the Cavaliere's family for the loss of Bill's mother, she was one of the guiding lights for my articles. I'll miss her, sorry! Then I also offer my condolences to the Alvarez family, you have to give Felipe credit he held his own and would say what he believed in. He had cajones. That was good, sorry for your loss. Bill Maher and J0n Stewart; I want to mention these two lib- eral, so called comedians, be- cause both I've heard use the phrase, more or less, "The Ameri- can people are stupid" Ho-ho, we will see. I was watching fox News yesterday, some rancher in Ari- zona was talking to a Fox News reporter. Supposedly the rancher walked upon 26 illegal immi- grants. He had his pistol drawn but in a few minutes he holstered it. He called the good old Border Patrol who took the immigrants. Now a few of the women claimed covers the bill. According to Joe Riley, CEO and outspoken critic of government gone too far-- if a patient is rushed to a South Texas hospital for a delivery (from any country), it probably won't cost them a dime, as emergency Med- icaid picks up the bill and again, the hospital becomes the mag- nate. Some believe that without federal, state and local dollars for mandated emergency care, the government-run Medicaid sys- tem would quickly sputter to a halt. Meanwhile, Riley and oth- ers running 'the numbers,' show that more than half of emergency room care now goes mostlyun- compensated, with as much as 1.1 billion a year spent on non-U.S. citizen patient care alone. , Likewise, the National Cen- ter for Health Statistics have re- ported that women come from around the world to deliver ba- bies in U.S. hospitals -countries like Korea, Mexico, China, and Taiwan, but there is another rea- son for the march to U.S. mater- nity wards: ,Thousands of moth- ers who are not willing to settle for inferior medical care offered in their own country and become determined to make their way into U.S. health care systems. 'The number of U.S. births to non-resident mothers rose 53% between 2000 and 2006,' says the National Center for Health Sta- tistics, 'And catering to all these expectant global mothers' has become part of the overall health of miles to a village 'clinic. In others countries, like Mexico -- no .cash, little to no service will be available. It' a pay as you go system, in most countries of the world. Meanwhile, according leo women's issues reporter, Monica Ortiz, moms with very limited re- sources, still turn to traditional midwifes to handle delivery pro- cess -- that's, if no other options are available to them. Ortiz, who is a long-time ad- vocate for women's health issues says that the old traditions of mid- wife births have begun to die as more women opt to deliver their babies in U.S. hospitals with pri- vate rooms and birth packages. She points out that while smaller clinics still operate in villages that dot the northern region of Mexico - the stories of medical neglect, substandard rooms and inferior medical equipment have deterred today's expectant morn. Ortiz, along with other advo- cates, believe that women in larger cities like San Miguel de Allende, often lack high-tech treatment facilities and quality medical care. And stories of inferior care are common for those who give birth in Mexico's public hospi- tals. Some women may skip go- ing to the hospital all together - a deadly choice if they should run into any complications.' While 'Ortiz likes the idea of expanding the training for midwives who learn alongside physicians work- ing in Mexico, she is aware of the demand by women to find sound, hygienic, and .reliable hospitals for delivery. While traditional midwives continue to deliver newborns, the attraction to U.S. hospitals continues to grow. "Some, but certainly not all birth mothers, may be 'birth tour- ists' - say experts in the field of international healthcare. Experts suggest that the U.S. offers access We would like to express our fhanks to everyone for their kindness duing our recent loss. The cards, flowers, food, donations and especially the prayers, were of great comfort to us I during our time of sorrow, Special,thanks to Fr.John I Weber for the ceremony, Gloria Vargas & Choir and ' I Alice Ramirez for the Rosary. Thankyou to all of you who came from near and far. care just inside Mexico, (Tijuann-l a fewyearsago,"saysLeandra nalloween does 't have to Smith (a Californian) of her ex- perience and who later wrote an article about her 'quacky' medi- cal ordeal. "The clinic itself was sketchy (by American standards)," says Smith. There was chaos every- where, people strolling in and out of rooms...a guy walking around stalking house flies with a swat- ter. Some very sick people were getting treatments as the, 17 on plastic lawn chairs with etshions covered inplastic garbage bags," says Smith of the disorderly scene. "I couldn't believe they were actually getting IV treat- ments through tubes nailed up along the wall" Smith, who was supposed to return the next day for the $ 150 treatment plan, passed on the subsequent trip back to Mexico. "Our hospitals are experienc- ing demand like at no other time," explains Marjorie Greenfield, MD...In 2001 the average cost of having a baby in the U.S. ranged from $5,000 up to $8,000 and as much as $12,000 for a cesarean" adds Greenfield, "If the average cost was $ 8,000 in 2007, then the 380,000 babies born to ille- gal moms in the U.S. would cost hospitals about $ 3 billion." Most healthcare industry professionals believe that as the U.S. continues to offer high-qual- ity and sometimes, no cost medi- cal care, Southwest hospitals like Mimbres Memorial, and South- east Arizona Medical Center will continue to feel the impact of too many patients, with too few dol- lars, looking for the best care they can possibly get. As American taxpayers con- tinue to bear the burden Of hav- ing one of the world's best medi- cal systems, patients will come (if they can get here) and they'll be no stopping the demand for ObamaCare gone global. for your waistline this year Submitted by TOPS/Milwaukee, Hg Healthy and Halloween are not often used in the same sen- tence. Halloween is usually seen as a time to get dressed up, gather sugary treats and enjoy the spookiness of theseaSon. TOPS  Cltib, ind. (Take Off P0hnds Sen- sibly), the nonprofit weight loss support organization, provides tips to stock the kids' bags with better treats, host a healthy party, and more. Give Better Trick-or-Treat- ing Goodies It's inevitable that kids will receive candy, so parents should take steps to limit sugar consump- tion. Feeding children a nutri- tious meal before trick-or-treating will help curb their urge to snack on sweets. Once the candy is home, adults can let kids pick out their favorite pieces and decide how much to have each day. The remaining candy can be put out of sight, donated to charitY, or thrown away. This helps parents from overindulging, too. Neighbors can promote healthier habits and offer alterna- tives to candy, so kids can enjoy tile spooky evening without sac- rificing nutrition. Here are some ideas to give to trick-or-treaters: Skip the sweets and sugar and provide healthier options. Animal crackers Gran01i bars Snack-size bags of pretzels Trail mix Graham crackers Microwave popcorn Sugar-free gum Small boxes of raisins Give treats that encourage play- ing rather than eating. Bouncy balls Apply todaLj for the Elks National Foundation's. ., I The Elks National Foundation .:ill award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2012 competition. Applications are due Dec. 2, 2011. All Apprications must be mailed to Lordsburg Elks Lodge PO Box 417 Lordsburg, NM 88045 .,,.o,,LUt Sidewalk chalk Temporary tattoos Crayons Fun pencils and fancy erasers Yo-yos Spider rings Glow sticks Throw a Healthy Halloween Party There are numerous treats and fall activities that can be in- corporated into a Halloween party. Plan an event that gets guests of all ages moving and fills them with fun, good-for-you snacks. Replace sugary treats with nutritious party snacks. Apples with caramel or yogurt dip, roasted pumpkin seeds, apple ci- der, pumpkin muffins, a vegetable "skeleton," a melon carved like a brain, and seasoned pretzels are some fall-themed options that everyone can enjoy. Make a vegetable skeleton at your next Halloween festivity: 1. Gather red pepper, a hand- ful of carrot sticks, broccoli, some green beans, cherry tomatoes, a cucumber, celery sticks, cauli- flower, or other vegetables. 2. Get creative and assemble the skeleton. You could use the sliced red pepper as its rib cage. The cauliflower can serve as the skeleton's hands and feet, and the carrots and celery could form its shoulders, arms, and legs. Use the bowl of dip as its head. Get moving. Bob for apples, pin the nose on the witch or the pumpkin, go on a scaven- ger hunt,, walk through a haunted house, or participate in a fall re- lay race. Shift kids' focus from food to an activity, Have craft stations Love forever Grandpa,Nana, Uncle Josh, Auntie Dani, Uncle J, Auntie Elizabeth & Baby Cousin (Aaron Christopher) he intimidated them. Well, being a citizen trying to protect his property he apparently had no right to draw his gun, hum, AND your wonderful judge fined him $78,000 for protecting his prop- erty. Now one day I was on my property and ten illegals came up demanding water and food. I was intimidated by their demands. Do I have the same option to sue them? HA-HA, NO, WE ARE STUPID! Even though they are in this country illegally they have more rights than you, STUPID! What the hell ever came of your constitutional rights? Oh yeah, I heard some Democrat from Geor- gia say, "We don't pay any atten- tion to that anymore!" What? Your politicians have destroyed the Constitution and what it stands for. You cannot protect pri- vate property; in fact apparently you don't have private property rights. The politicians say if some- one wants your property we'll take it and give it to them. Wow! Every one of these politicians should be impeached and thrown in jail for violating their oath to the Constitution. That's treason! Right now Bingaman is trying his best to use your money to buy private property and put in some wilderness area tO never be uti- lized by you again! No mining, no timber cutting, no oil drilling, no cattle, and no people. Just like the United Nations have wanted him tO do and he's going full blast ahead, STUPID PEOPLE!! By the way, why the hell do I have to have a passport, I was born in Columbus New Mexico in 1932, why stupid?! Again, these damn politicians stupid! Take off your shoes stupid! Don't use to- bacco stupid! Don't eat ham- burger and fries stupid! Congress has been after ball players for us- ing steroids for years yet this country has been going to Hell in a hand basket stupid! How's that workin' for you stupid. God bless country and troops. Gene Chadborn Animas be a fright where children can create masks out of paper plates, make slime, color, and more. Halloween is time for slime, according to Disney's familyfun.go.com: 1. Materials: Two mixing bowls, measuring cups, spoons, glue, borax, green food coloring, and water. 2. Instructions: Mix together 3/4 cup warm water, one cup glue, and several drops of green food coloring in the first bowl. Using the second b0wl, combine four teaspoons borax and 1 1/3 cups warm water. Pour the contents of the first bowl in the second bowl. Do not stir. Let it stand for one minute, then lift the "slime" out of the bowl. Use plastic bags to store the slime. Keep away from children under three years old. TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education  organization. Founded more than 63 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, non- commercial weight-loss organi- zation of its kind. TOPS pro- motes successful weight manage- ment with a "Real People. Real Weight Loss." philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, and wellness information. TOPS has about 170,000 members - male and female, age seven and older - in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Visitors are welcome to at- tend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is afford- able at just $26 per year, plus nominal chapter fees. To find a local chapter, view www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677. appy.00'" irthday To our Lil' Pumpkin, Devonne Elias : 4t a It