Thanks for person turning in necklace
To the editor:
I would like to express my thanks to the person who found my silver heart necklace at the Circle K gas station on the outskirts of Salem and turned it into the staff at Circle K.
I would also like to the staff who kept it for over a week. I travel between Pittsburgh and Salem a few times a month and was glad I was able to find it.
A daughter's words on Mother's Day
To the editor:
There are different types of mothers in the world, all bringing something new and unique to the plate. From kissing bruised knees to hugs and kisses to someone who loves you unconditionally is a trademark of all mothers.
I am lucky to have three wonderful women who are mothers themselves in my family. Their wisdom and guidance has helped throughout my whole life. This is dedicated to mothers everywhere but especially my best friend and the person who shows me what being a mother is all about, Leona Kay McClaskey.
My mom always taught me manners are important. See, when I was little I would blurt out rude things like if a person happened to be overweight or in a wheelchair. I would ask inappropriate questions. I was a good kid, just some parts of my Asperger's and OCD sometimes got in the way. My mother was patient though and through the years we worked on manners. I was taught to say please and thank you. To always hold the door open for someone. That being kind to others was essential, not optional. She has taught me many important things.
Like when I would come home from an event, a stressful outing, or a bad day at school I would wonder why I was so retarded, weird, ugly, and different from everyone. My mother never let me feel ashamed of myself in her presence. She taught me to feel beautiful and to never be ashamed of who I am. I once asked her not too long ago if people still stare when she is with me. She told me yes, but she doesn't care and I am learning to care less and less of what people think. For you see I think I inherited my mother's kind heart. I can't hold grudges for long and when I fight with loved ones I almost always cry and feel bad. It is a true gift indeed.
My mother has seen hardship throughout the years. She has put up with stares, jeers, leers, and rude comments all for the sake of her children. I want to make this perfectly clear. You'll never find someone as special, loving, caring, and beautiful as my mother. She was there to pick up the pieces the times I fell apart. She was the one who never gave up on me or my sister. From a well-needed hug to a lot of tenderly motherly, love she is a perfect example of what it means to be a mom.
Now the other two moms in my life are my grandmas. Nannie is my dad's mom and she has taught me to appreciate nature and that life is too short to hold grudges or stay in the past. She is always a refreshing reminder that love does exist in human form. Same for my Mema. She is wise and kind, and has helped our family many through a tough time. I love these two wonderful grandmas very much and am blessed to have them in my life.
And to the mothers of Salem, Ohio? Thank you. For being so wise and kind, for showing your children how to love and care in a sometimes to cruel and dark world. Your wisdom and guidance throughout the generations has been refreshing and extremely helpful. I salute you. Being a mother is never easy but it sure is worth it. Happy Mother's Day!
Raising awareness of skin cancer
To the editor:
On behalf of the Ohio Dermatological Association (ODA), I am writing to raise awareness of the month of May designated as Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month by the Ohio General Assembly.
In an effort to curb the skin cancer epidemic in Ohio and the United States, the ODA is educating and advocating for skin cancer detection and prevention. Over one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year and approximately one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
Of serious concern is the alarming increased incidence of the potentially deadly malignant melanoma in young people. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-24 years old.
The incidence of malignant melanoma is especially increasing in young adult women, due to their exposure to hazardous ultraviolet (UV) tanning bed radiation. A recent report demonstrated that using indoor tanning increases one's chances of developing melanoma, especially if utilized before age 35.
Another study published in December 2011 found indoor tanners have a 69 percent increased risk of developing the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, even if a person only used a tanning bed once in their lifetime. More alarming, the risk was even higher for those who began indoor tanning prior to age 16.
The science is clear if you use indoor tanning beds, your risk of developing skin cancer significantly increases.
In honor of this important designation in Ohio law, we are using the month of May to urge lawmakers to support efforts like HB 131 and SB 113 to prevent skin cancer. This legislation would protect our children from dangerous UV tanning bed radiation.
For over 25 years, the ODA has educated our youth and adults about the dangers of hazardous UV tanning bed radiation. While education is important, especially during this month, education is not enough. We are asking the Ohio General Assembly to enact HB 131 and to strengthen regulations to limit minors' exposure to dangerous UV tanning bed radiation.
We urge you to contact your state legislator and ask them to support this important public health initiative and help prevent skin cancer in one of Ohio's greatest assets, its children.
KARL K. KELLAWAN, MD
Ohio Dermatological Association