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Buyer beware the dental crowns made in China

First we find animals dying from tainted pet food manufactured in China. Next we learn of children being poisoned by lead-based paint on their toys which were manufactured in China. Finally we see people becoming ill from contaminants in their dental crowns which were manufactured in China.

We know that China places no priority on safety, and we know that its cheap labor and shady materials are responsible for its discount pricing and popularity as an outsourcing option.

If you are scheduling this type of dental procedure make it your business to find out where your crowns or bridges are coming from. You are entitled to know the name and location of the laboratory that made them and you are entitled to know what materials were used in their manufacture. Any reputable dentist will provide this information.

If your dentist will not comply with your request .. move on. If you have already had work done, go back and ask the same questions. It's still information that you need to know and you may well be helping the next person in the chair.

Learning the gift that is the giving of oneself

I began my day on Nov. 15 like any other day, with one exception. On this day, I would be making an impact on the life of one little girl in need, and helping her have a great holiday season.

I'm participating in a holiday fundraiser for the Salvation Army known as Angel Tree Tags. These tags bear the names of children in need, including children who live at the Kirby Family House. The Kirby Family House, located in Wilkes-Barre, is a transitional housing program for less-fortunate families.

The child I chose, who I will call Jane, is a 9-year-old girl living in the Kirby Family House.

She did not want anything unreasonable for Christmas; she asked for hair accessories, earrings and a diary. I chose to shop for her because her interests mirrored mine at that age - simple, yet girly.

Once the gifts are sent to the Salvation Army, the parents of the children wrap them themselves and give them to the children at Christmas. I wish I could see Jane on Christmas morning, opening her gift from me. She does not know it, but she made my Christmas a little better, too.

Creatures of habit need to be mindful of meals

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever, to 46 million people.

And I'm not saying that many of these people aren't in need of them.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us: Please Do Not Feed the Animals.

Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.

This ends today's lesson.

Save climate with more renewable energy use

The World Meteorological Organization recently reported that an area of Arctic ice bigger than the United States melted this year. This prompted WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud to state: Climate change is taking place before our eyes… This is just the latest in a stream of increasingly dire climate change news.

Pennsylvania emits about 1 percent of the world's greenhouse gas.

Yet Gov. Tom Corbett has failed to even acknowledge the climate crisis.

Governor Corbett is charging full speed ahead with Marcellus Shale natural gas development but paying scant attention to renewable energy.

Admittedly, natural gas fired power plants may emit less greenhouse gas than the coal plants they are displacing. But natural gas is a fossil fuel and still produces a significant amount of greenhouse gas.

To avoid destabilizing the earth's climate we must significantly increase our use of energy from renewable sources like wind, solar and geothermal.

Soon I will be introducing two bills to promote renewable energy:

The first bill would increase the amount of electricity companies like PECO must obtain from renewable sources to 15 percent by 2023. The current requirement is 8 percent by 2021. New Jersey requires 17.88 percent of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2021.

The second bill would provide $25 million per year to the PA Sunshine Solar program. This is an extremely popular program (currently out of money) which provides rebates to homeowners and small businesses that install solar systems.

The funding would come from the recently enacted Marcellus shale impact fee.

Governor Corbett should support this renewable energy legislation. Climate change is too important an issue to ignore.

One man's cures for nighttime muscle spasms

There are many causes and treatments for muscle spasms. These spasms occur to many people as they sleep.

I always considered walking to be the perfect exercise.

I also exercise my feet while sitting. I rotate both of my feet clockwise about 10 times and counter clockwise for about 10 times. Than I move my feet up and down 10 times. I do this about three hours before I go to bed.

Another exercise that I found to be very good for reducing muscle spasms is to squat down for about 10 times about three hours before I go to bed.

By following this routine I greatly reduce the amount of muscle spasms I get when I sleep. Always consult with your doctor before you start anything new.

Mother's caretakers did a wonderful job

My mother, Leona Cook, who was a resident of St. Luke's Villa (Heritage House) Wilkes-Barre, passed away in June of this year. My husband, Jack, and I would like to express our sincere thanks and deep appreciation to all of the wonderful and caring people who work there, especially Tina Kolativa and the entire nursing staff.

I would also like to thank Erwine Hospice staff for their excellent care, compassion and support during this very difficult time.

Michael Ross Kingston Laura Preby Wilkes University, class of 2014 Richard Bonham White Haven Rep. Greg Vitali Delaware County Jacob Corney Edwardsville Dorothy Lee Cresko Punta Gorda, Fla

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