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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010 7 Just A Thought As shaky as the Fiddler on the Roof By RICK KRAFT "Traditions, traditions. With- out our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as, as the fid- dler on the roof." Words of wis- dom spoken by Tevye, the lead character in the "Fid- dler on the Root" pro- duction. My wife, my chil- dren, and I had the op- portunity to spend some time with my par- ents over the Thanks- giving holiday. My Mom and Dad flew in from California and we were able to spend a week together. We had a good time as we always do, but a highlight of our holiday was watching the movie, "Fiddler on the Roof." It is one of my favor- ite movies of all time. It is a great movie to watch as a family. If you haven't seen it before, I would encourage you to watch it. "Fiddler on the Roof" was originally a Broadway musical. It opened in 1964 and won nine Tony Awards in 1965. In 1972 it became the longest running mu- sical in Broadway history even- tually running for 3242 perfor- mances. The movie was released in 1971 and won three Oscars. The story takes place in a small town named Anatevka in Russia in 1905. The main char- acter, the father, Tevye, is a poor Jewish milkman with a wife and five daughters. Tevye struggles to maintain Jewish religious tra- ditions while outside influences threaten to change his very tightly held traditions. The fiddler represents tradi- tions that allow us to maintain and survive with firm and fixed rules Of continuity in place. Tra- ditions'that have always been there and that we don't question. Core beliefs and actions that we live our lives by. Rick Kraft ' 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 tat age 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. What happened? Dear Editor Well, here it is again, Dec. 7, the day that should live fn our minds forever! Ha. On 12-7-2010 I turned the TV on thinking I would see some dedication to the 500,000 men and women that lost their lives on this day way back in history. Ha. I flipped thrn all 3 of the NM channels and not one word was mentioned about Pearl harbor. Fox news finally, at 7AM had less than 2 minutes on but by Playing a fiddle on the roof represents the difficulty of main- taining traditions in an unbal- anced and ever changing world. Each of us tries to strike out a beautiful tune on our fiddle while trying to keep our bal- ance onaroof. It isa battle each of us must face. At the beginning of the movie, Tevye states, "Here in Anatevka we have tra- ditions for everything. How to sleep. How to eat. How to work. How to wear clothes. For in- stance, we always keep our heads covered and always wear little prayer shawls. This shows our constant devotion to God. You may ask, how did this tradition get started? I will tell yo u. I don't know." He contin- ues, "But it is a tradition. And because of our traditions, every- one of us knows who he is and what God expects him to do." In the production Tevye's daughters decide they want to pick their own husbands in a time when tradition calls upon a matchmaker to put two families. together. Tevye has to decide how he will respond. At a traditional Jewish wed- ding the rope that divides men and women and .prevents them from dancing with each other is taken down and men and women cross over the line to dance with one another. Tevye, the Rabbi, and the villagers have to decide how to respond. A sewing machine arrives for the first time in the village. More change. The Russians evict the villagers from their homes. Fur- ther change, We all have traditions in our own lives. Things that have just always been that way. Things we don't question because they bring consistency and stability to God the Wikileaks idiot and Pres. Obama were on and on and on. Even the president didn't say a word. Now it is 8AM, so far 2 minutes is all I've seen. How soon Idiots forget who it is/was that protects them. But we extended unemploy- ment and the Bush tax cuts, and of course Wikileaks is more im- portant. No wonder guys like him get away with the c-- they do. These politicians are too busy being politically correct. Can't offend any one you know. You might make an idiot feel incom- petent'if you say anything about history. If we don't know his- tory, we are doomed to repeat it so beware. Dec. 7th was the start with over 500,000 men and women dead and only 2 min. in 4 hr. of so called news. You people suck. The so called politicians should all be out in front of the Whitehouse for one minute of si- lence: They couldn't even do that much. My God, what has this country become. Oh well, at least I have my flag at half mast in re- membrance of the 500,500 brave souls. Thank God for the won- derful Americans that gave their lives for AMERICA! Only to be forgotten by a bunch of fools. Gene Chadborn Animas, NM our world. Changing or challeng- ing a tradition creates stress and insecurity. Oftentimes a tradition is revealed when someone says "That's the way we have always done it before?' There is place for traditions in each of our lives. Traditions can be very important. We shouldn't abandon them just to create change. There is enough of that out there already. But we must each find a proper balance between our traditions and change. I like the sayings "Change is mandatory, growth is optional," and "If you want to learn about any organization, try to change it?' In both instances outside in- fluences impact internal deci- sions and create internal stress. If a person can hold firm to his tra- ditions, but change and grow with the times, the rigid and the flexible exist side by side. How to navigate forward with these two forces pulling different directions can become the harmony of one's life. I want to close with the bless- ing shared through a song in the production titled "Sabbath Prayer." Tevye's family has done all of their preparation for the Sabbath and they are gathered to- gether at their dinner table ready to begin their celebration. Tevye sings the following song to his family and daughters. I will share it with you as a blessing on you: "May the Lord protect and defend you. May He always shield you from shame. May you come to be, in Israel a shining name. "May you be like Ruth and like Esther. May you be deserv- ing of praise. Strengthen them, Oh Lord, and keep them from the strangers' ways. "May God bless you and grant you long lives. May the Lord fulfill our Sabbath prayer for you. May God make you good mothers and wives. May He send you husbands who will care for you. "May the Lord protect and defend you. May the Lord pre- serve you from pain. Favor them, Oh Lord, with happiness and peace. Oh, hear our Sabbath prayer. Amen." My challenge to you today is to hold firm to traditions, but be flexible enough to change with the times. No one has ever lived before in the world we live in 2010. Unquestioned traditions bring stability to our world. But change brings growth and allows us to fly higher than our ances- tors before us. Each of us must decide how we are going to balance the two. May the battle continue and may you, as the fiddler on the roof, be able to strike out a beautiful tune while succeeding to keep your balance in an ever changing world. Just a thought.. Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunte r. cam mailto: thekraftlawfirm @ aol.com or write to P O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. -A Picture From The Past- Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOLordsburg NM launches initiative to expand access to oral health care Junell Dunagan and Carley Richardson, with Mayor Alan Koff, American Legion Hall - Lordsburg, June 20, 1957 Junell Dunagan, age 10, daughter of Damon and June Dunagan, was crowned Poppy Queen and Carley Richardson, son of Ole and Mary Martinson, was crowned Poppy King for selling the most poppies in 1957, as a fundraiser for the Robert Swan Auxiliary Unit #30 of the American Legion. Junell and Carley were junior members of the Auxiliary and children of Legion members. They are pictured with Lordsburg Mayor Alan A. Koff. threatening medical emergencies as a result of untreated dental in- fections. o Develop preventable more serious, long-term health problems. The New Mexico Mission of Mercy (NMMOM) two-day, free dental clinic held in October 2010, demonstrated that lack of access to dental care has reached a crisis in New Mexico. More than 2,000 New Mexicans, most. of whom had no dental coverage or could not afford dental care, camped outside, standing in line for days for free dental services at the NMMOM dental clinic. Many had experienced months if not years 'of pain and crumbling teeth. Dental professionals and other community vo!unteers came together to provide more than 8,000 services during the clinic. Unforttinately, the long- term need for dental services is so dire that many left without all of their needs being met and with few choices for timely follow-up care. Dental Therapists: A Solu- 3,000 hours of rigorous, compe- tency-based education, training and clinical experience. Expand the leach of dentists to underserved and re- mote communities using .telemedicine. Have provided care since 2006, in remote Alaskan tribal villages. They are well-es- tablished in many other industri- alized countries, like New Zealand and the U.K., where they have provided oral health ser- vices to underserved communi- ties for more than 80 years. Nev Mexico already re- lies on mid-level providers such as physician assistants, nurse anes- thetists, dental hygienists, and certified midwives, to provide vital healthcare services. "It is time now for more states to seriously consider new and proven approaches - such as the dental therapist model - as a way to bring critically needed oral health care services to vul- nerable children and families," said Sterling K. Speirn, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. "Oral health is es- sential to overall health, yet good, regular oral health care is out of reach for far too many people in this country." Submitted by HEALTH ACTION NM/Albuquerque Health Action New Mexico announced this week that it will lead a pioneering effort to bring the innovative dental therapy .provider model to New Mexico to help end serious shortages of accessible and affordable dental care. Three other organizations - Con Alma Health Foundation, New Mexico Health Resources and New Mexico Voices for Chil- dren - will support the effort. "Dental therapists can pro- vide critical services for rural, tribal and underserved communi- ties. We can't continue to ignore our state's unmet oral health care needs. Other proposals haven't worked. It's time to try one that does," said Barbara Webber, ex- ecutive director of Health Action New Mexico. New Mexico is part of a na- tional movement to expand the dental health team. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation will give five states - Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Vermont and Washington - funding and other support to pursue the dental therapist model. Health Action New Mexico's announcement comes on the heels of a report recently released from Con Alma Health Founda- tion calling for New Mexico to pursue an alternative dental workforce model as a way to ex- pand access to sorely needed den- tal care in rural, tribal and underserved New Mexico com- munities. "New Mexico's rural and tribal communities have spoken," said Dolores Roybal, executive director of Con Alma Health Foundation. "These communities are interested in exploring a mid- level dental provider model simi- lar to the dental therapist model as a solution to meeting their den- tal health needs, and as a long- term, economic career opportu- nity for their citizens." "Rural communities throughout New Mexico have lost jobs and businesses includ- ing healthcare providers," Webber noted. "Now, remaining health professionals are under even more strain to meet the healthcare needs of their commu- nities." Dental care is inaccessible or unaffordable for far too many New Mexicans. Thousands of New Mexico families live in ar- eas without enough dentists to meet their needs and many can- not afford oral health care. In fact: New Mexico ranks 49 h worst in the U.S. in the number of dentists per 1,000 people. 69% of New Mexico dentists practice in metropolitan areas. Thousands of New Mexicans - many of them chil- dren, elders, and persons with dis- abilities - do not have ccess to necessary dental care or must wait more than 6 months for it. As a result, too many New Mexicans: o .. Live in pain o Miss school or work, con- tributing to lost productivity and lower academic performance. o Face in rare instances life tion for New Mexico Dental Therapists: Are dental providers who practice under the general supervision of dentists to provide safe, high-quality, cost-effective dental services to rural and tribal communities. (RTI Alaska den- tal therapist program study, Oct. 2010. See link to study below.) alyl Are homegrown, cultur- competent providers, se- lected by their communities, who return to practice in their home community. Complete more than small step no.( FETCH THIS PAPER YOURSELF TAI(E A SHALL STEP TO GET HEALTHY www.smaltstD.gOv .U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration PUBLIC NOTICE Hidalgo Medical Services Hidalgo Medical Complex Expansion in Lordsburg Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS), a not-for-profit health care provider, has received a Capital Development (CD) grant administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The CD grant would enable HMS to expand its existing complex located at 530 DeMoss Street iri Lordsburg, Hidalgo County, New Mexico. The existing Hidalgo Medical Complex is a 22,000 square foot facility providing medical, dental, and mental health services. With the CD grant, HMS would add approximately 7,000 square feet within the existing paved parking lot to provide comprehensive wellness services to seniors in Hidalgo County. All construction activities would be confined to the parking lot. On behalf of HMS, HRSA is hereby providing public notice of the proposed project. Interested parties are requested to comment on or before Monday, December 27, 2010. Comments or requests for more information may be submitted to HMS' environmental consultant, SheUaA. Logan, P.E. at (480)491- 2230 or via email at slogan@tierra-ec.com. stscdpt!.onto the Her-.  Hidalgo County s a territic Uhristmas 'd  I_I "1 n & lr -r " - -- iet./00 IX I00AL U '-- City, State, Zip - " $30 per year 807 Duncan Jesus is the reason for the season! Lord's Living Water Lighthouse Hi00Lordsbur ~ 575) 590-0143 ~ Sunda Morning Service' 10:40 AM Dress is always casual! . q