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March 15, 1973

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=.7 .r ;ory lfluoridation question heated up a bets were present. Only four of the ~even-, Neligh, Rushville,'g'olumbus, Offult Air rc(ltm'e tiuoridation or public water supplies, pe committee hearing Monday, in- member panel were on hand when the testimoy Force Base, Nebraska City and Fairbury.~,,~i~ci :)5 million people are drinking the treated Ihe delegation from Superior, but there concluded after 5 p.m. "a e" plus an additional 10 million whose water |decision on whether it would boil over to The committee is composed of Senators First InState II..legislature. Kennedy, Goodrich, Smith, Maresh, Cavanaugh, Superior, one of the first cities in the nation to is uaturally fluoridaled. He said alternative ~blic Health Committee, after hearing Franklin Lewis and Richard Lewis. add fluoridation, has the longest record of melh~Jds of treatment are not effective. ~rs of testimony for and against, ad- All Must Treat ~reatment in the state. Fluoridation was first l)r. Richard E. Bradley, dean of the University ~Vhthout actingonLB 449, a bill requiring Sp~msa~red by Senator E. T. Johnson of added to the water supply here in 1951.,,t Nebraska College of Dentistry, said "every Dr. Bernard Moran of Lincoln, president of the l~raunities to fluoridate their water. Fremont, LB 449 says all communities must add Nebraska Dental Association said fluori'ation dental school in the United States and Canada end~rses the fluoridation of public water sup- ~rt for the bill came mainly from the fluoride to their water "in the amount and !~ and dental community, including the manner prescribed by ,; . . the Department of assured"is a perfectlYlhe committeenaturalthathealthi!,ismeasUresafe. ' He plies." ~'orCh tuber of Commerce["ta DentalaASsociatin' anda dmel~ir: l lealth by Jan. 1, 1975. "The labeling of fluoride as a poison in con- S-me communities and institutions alreadyFluoridalion was "lacking in many com-cenlrations of one part per million, and even . . , . . . " . , " . . .,., " . . . . . p~~n~!llh!~hm!!d~rsf i~e~g~i iddni~i:tt~cp!a~B~ii~aeh,Waa'tt~nSe~elPnallre~A~!! Pl~!titl~Mll,aac~e~!?r~eg!~n'~ds~a t~ i~ghe~gn'drlt!~ngal~atl~ri;Saa~s Uuts:~ irnlt~eU/TnU; I County Paper :!:i 16PagesinTwoSections ii Price 10 cents iiii YY :i:i J ! :::~ 5:: Official City Paper iii L Largest Paid Circulation Weekly Newspaper in South Central Nebraska !i!i ~ ~" LXXIII--No. 11 SUPERIOR, NUCKOLLS COUNTY, NEBRASKA THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 1973 ilil ~i"~;~"" ............................................ ......................... e ~e Senator Gary Anderson who represents the ~al's 37th District, I~ "oned the validity of ~][~:iatistics used by op- I of water fluoridatio . Anderson said in a i~Jh,"~t.released on the floor I~gislature Monday that city which voted to water in 1951, has misrepresented released by opponents who Superior with a 2L5 per thousand percent death rate since it began its water. said, "Their effort Superior a 'death be substantiated ~l~h~OlCaxeful check of actual rds. Nuekolls County ~! and State Health I~t~'~t. records show that taRS had an actlual.5 I~!~teof13 3 instead of . "-:~,l'~-l~i" five years. " this is over the .dl , average death rate '~' ' " " "s ' v/ derson said, thl ,quy be accounted for by that a large number of retire in Superior. The pop atio, over I~ ~ge is 68 percent highex,, I statewide ave ge. Perior Chamber of "~IxLTYvee committee which MAIN FARM activities continue to be livestock care and machinery is Impossible. This driveway near Davenport is tigated, the death, getting "unstuck," Lots and driveways are rivers of the typical of hundreds throughout the area. A familiar sight is uperml: restaents . muck and in many places movement of both animals andthe car or tractor parked near the road. Express Photo ~_ ,~.. aat the average age Of death in Superior ~l~,Wlaich is well above the average age of death was 77.06 Anderson urged the fluoridate their water. An- 1 .... e-""""r ^t average These with a death rate of only 7.8 per legislature to consider with derson said, "The statistics .,ont n also indicate that of thousand, while the average age extreme caution statistics being which I have seen show that Historical Society I a.. .St or residents who of death of Superior residents submitted in regard to LB 449, instead of being unhealthy, Meetina March 20 ,mlt. fluoridated water for who had drunk the water less the bill which would require Superior is actually one of the " mtn five years tl!~ ~hun five years w~ 74.1. governmental subdivisimm to healthiest cities in the state." A short skit depiciting events Rail Directors Will Meet Here The officers and directors of Ihe Great Plains Railway O~mpany have called a public meeting for next Wednesday to make final plans for the proposed acquisition of the Seward-Superior branch line of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. II is estimated that at least 40 supporters of the railroad from other towns along the line will be here for the meeting at 7:30 in the Hotel Leslie. The company's fiscal agent will also be present and report on Ihe planned stock offering. Brian Brockman Selected For Boys State The Lawrence American Legion received word that their selection of Brian Brockman for Boys State has been approved by the State Department. Brian is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Brockman and is a junior at Lawrence High School. He ranks among the top third of his class. NPPD Upgrades Street Lighting The Nebraska Public Power District has completed the upgrading of street lights in Ruskin, Carleton and Oak. From eight to eleven in- candescent street lights were replaced with mercury vapor lighls in each town as past of a t hree-year street light replacement program. The project took ap- proximately three days in each town. The combined estimated cost lo NPPD was $2,555 for lights, brackets and other associated materials needed to o,mplete the job. as they were in the "Good Old Days" will be part of the program of the Nuckolls County Hislorical Society at its annual meeting Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the Nelson City Auditorium. Carl Jones, curator of Branch Museums of the Nebraska State IIislorical Society, will be the main speaker of the evening. Mr. Jones, through his topic, "ttistory Comes to Life in Museums," will with film and commentary present ideas and lypes of items helpful for museum exhibits. Plan to attend the open meeting in the Nelson City Auditorium Tuesday. Coffee and cookies will be served. t't V'N "rHt ~N~l~Sk_ . capitol Monday after pre=enting their arguments favoril~l fhjocdlation o~ --~sida,,,~ Water systems were Tom Beckler, Harold Lewis, Sam Seever and Gaylord Boilesen, -',, of the Nebraska Jaycees. Express Photo DR. P. J. HALLGRIMSON was one of five Supermr residents who testified at the fluoridation hearing held in Nebraska Unicameral chamber Monday. Express Photo Use Poisons Daily There are, he said, "hundreds of substances thai are used daily that could be toxic if taken in high enough dosages, but common sense dictates Ihat we regulate the intake..." Dr. Bradley added: "It has been calculated l hat to absorb a lethal amount of fluoridated water, a person would be required to drink 50 bathtubs at a sitting, enough to kill a human by drowning." Dr. Mark P. Muffley, who was on the Superior City Council when the treatment was approved here, said fluoridation "improved dental health 65 percent." He said the figure was based on comparisons of communities "with insufficient amounts of fluoride in their water compared with communities with "sufficient amounts." Ted Philippi, retired state director of water and pollution control, said "there is no pure water. It always carries something.., it is a vehicle to regulate for an intended purpose." Cost 16e Per Year Philippi said before his home water supply was fluoridated he treated each gallon of drinking water consumed by his family. "In over 20 years in Nebraska,__fluoridation has never gotten out of lhe established limits and theYe are safe, simple and dependable controls." He estimated it would cosl only $500 for each point of injection and the lot al cost of the treatment per year would be less than 16c per person. Dr. P. J. Hallgrimson of Superior testified that the fluoridation treatment here may be responsible for Superior residents having fewer b,,ne fractures than those people living in other parts of the county. He also indicated that Superior children have fewer major accidents and seem to heal faster. Dr. C. T. Mason presented a report on a study of the death certificates he had signed the 10 Ilal Ramsbottom, long-time agricultural journalist has been named editor of the Farmer- Stockman of Nebraska. Nebraska's largest weekly farm publication, The Farmer- SIockman of Nebraska has been published at Superior since June of last year. Ramsbottom has been field editor for the Weekly Livestock Reporter in Fort Worth, Texas, fi~r the past 11 years. He also had served as contributing editor, advertising salesman and ringman. tie was associated with the Texas Hereford Association prior to Iha{ and was also on the s~ aft of KWFT Radio in Wichita Falls, Texas. His wife, Bernice, and four children will join him this spring. Unlil they decide where they will make their home in Nebraska, Ramsbottom will ;man HIS LAST DAY. Dave Meyer of Falrbury, driver for the Canning Truck Service, was honored at a surprise luncheon at Hotel Leslie Saturday noon by business men of Superior. Meyer has made the trip between Fairbury and Superior for the ~cKay and Canning Truck Lines the past 15 years, and has been a freight company employee for 26 years. His retirement day was Saturday. Presenting him a key to the years preceding fluoridation and those in the 1957-1966 period. Despite the opponents claims of determental effects of fluoridation, Mason said iris records didn't indicate fluoridation had caused an increase in heart, blood vessel and kidney disease. Sam Seever presented the Nuckolls County Hospital and State Health Department records which indicate Superior residents have an actual death rateof 13.3 per thousand instead of the 21.5 rate claimed by the fluoridation opponents. "Although this is over the statewide average death rate of 10.6," Scever said, "this can easily be accounted for by the fact that a large number of people retire in Superior. The portion of the population over 65 years of age is 68 percent higher than the statewide ~average. Ignore The Sick Opponents of the bill, which included an organization called Nebraska Committee for Pure Air and Water said fluoridation was dangerous and ignored the fact there are sick people taking the water. Wynne Westover, who claimed to be a specialis! from California who was advising Nebraskans on how to improve their cow herds, said statistics furnished by the supporters of the bill were phony." He also said that statements ~hat flouridation "was perfectly safe are not Irue." Is~nconstitutionai Dr. Marie K. Simonsen of Hastings opposed ~he bill because: "We do not feel that anyone should have the power to compel us to consume lhat which we don't want and do not need." W. F. Gettman, former Hastings mayor, said ~he stale constitution "does not seem to give the Unicameral the power to engage in the practice of medicine which the bill does." Those testifying from Superior included Tom Beckler, Sam Seever, Drs. Hallgrimson and Mason and Don Kronberg. Others attending were Ron Wallis, Fred Gakle, Jack Stinson, ttoward Crilly, Bill Blauvelt, Harold Lewis, Oran King and Mrs. P. J. Hallgrimson. operale from the Farmer- Stockman offices in Superior and BelleviUe. SUPERIOR MARKETS Wednesday, March 14, 1973 Wheat $2.20 O),'n 1.26 Milu 2.20 There has been plenty of squish in the weather this week. Clear, warm and sunny days have been intermixed with steady downpours which have kept water-logged Kansas and Nebraska from drying out. High winds accompanied the storm Tuesday. Among the damage reported Wednesday morning was a broken window al ,he Alexander Motor Com- pany. The west wall of the old hatchery building south of the Superior Clinic was also blown oul by the wind. The building was being used as a warehouse. 'ee limbs were down all over Iown and garbage cans tossed about by the wind. Temperature tligh during week 71 l~)w during week 34 Precipitation Total this month 2.11 To date in 1973 3.54 To date in 1972 0.55 Total snowfall 26.9 Normal for March 1.39 Normal to April I 2.84 ci ~y is Tom Beckler, president of the Chamber of Commerce. Attending the luncheon were from left, Don Kronberg, Joe Beaumont, Keith Eickman, Stan Sheets, Roland Wages, Vernon Johnson, the honoree, Arid Doehring, Dale Slusher, Richard Winebar, Beckler, Donald Rosener, Reuben Adler, H. M. Crilly, Larry Weeke, Floyd Lorimer and Ormond Norgaard. Express Photo