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What do you weep for?
Saint Ephraim was a Christian who lived
long ago in Syria. He is remembered
for an amazing statement. He declared,
'until you have cried you don't know
What is it that you weep for? What is it
that causes you to well up in tears? The
love no longer shared with someone you
care so deeply for? The little child
we see on TV starving to death?
The worker making clothing for 18 hours
a day and getting paid a pittance?
I felt the tears this week when I received
a letter from my bank telling me that
they were doing something nice for me.
They were going to stop sending monthly
statements and now I could look up
my statement any hour of the day or
night on my computer. This was all for
my benefit and make my life better they
told me. But I thought of the many older
people and poorer people who don't have
computers. It can be a cruel world for
those who are not up with technology.
The weeping mode is something
we need to be in touch with, for it opens
the window to the pain of the world, and
our exile from what is right and good.
Our tears call us into the reality that not
all is well. The shame is that our tears are
so often hidden or repressed, especially
in the case of men. 'Until we have cried
we have not known God' - it's a haunting
statement, but many
a saint has spoken
of the gift of tears.
What is it you weep for?
According to Jesus,
those who weep now
will later laugh.
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The fluoridation of Christchurch's water
is up for debate once again. We seem to
have this discussion every year.
In past years, the estimated prices for
fluoridating our water have been very
high. But a lot of people, especially kids,
never drink water. So what's the point in
fluoridating our water?
Everyone brushes their teeth, and most
toothpastes contain fluoride.
How about saving money and making
sure all toothpaste manufacturers put
fluoride in their toothpaste? Peter Banen
mean big savings
I would like to say please, please
fluoridate. Dentist fees are so expensive.
Let's help the younger generation have
Listen to the dentists on
fluoridation -- they know
This subject has been bandied about and
become nothing more than a political
issue ever since the rumour mongers
made spurious statements about the
Russians using it as a stupefying drug in
I am in my 70s and both my parents
had false teeth because there was not the
knowledge and expertise available when
they were young, so they were
determined that their children would not
suffer the same problem if at all possible.
They insisted that we all had the dental
treatment available at the time, and we
were able to keep our own teeth (mostly),
though the pain that we all went through
to achieve this has been considerable.
I was determined that my five children
would not have to suffer the same and
end up with a mouth full of fillings or
false teeth, so was delighted when I
learnt about the benefits of fluoride and
am happy to say that all of them have
beautiful teeth as do their own children.
It upsets me to think that the adults
making these decisions about the dental
health of children are not interested in
the professional opinions of dentists.
Sugar the real cause of
our poor dental record
Good on mayor Bob on his anti-fluoride
I have lived in Christchurch all my life.
In my early years there weren't
fluoride toothpastes or fluoridated water.
We didn't have money for fizzy drinks
and sweets were a treat now and again.
Why don't these professors of dentistry
condemn the likes of sports drinks with
35gms of sugar a bottle in them and the
other sugary drinks.
I have heard that a number of overseas
countries have discontinued water
Parents would have to make sure their
children drink plenty of water for the
fluoride to make a great difference.
I have no qualms with natural fluoride,
but a byproduct of the aluminium smelter
-- no thank you.
Our bodies already have to cope with
numerous chemicals. Do we want to add
another into our water supply?
Flouridation is a good
idea, see Wikipedia
I am for fluoridating Christchurch's
water. Congrats on the good articles by
Abbie Napier. Ms Byrne, who can't
understand how fluoridating water
supplies helps, should read the Wikipedia
article Water fluoridation''.Ross McKerras
Council pandering to
cranks on this issue
It's very disappointing to see local
authorities rejecting advice from medical
and dental experts and voting against
If they ignored the advice of engineers
or lawyers they would expose themselves
to legal action.
How can they choose to consign
thousands of children to the misery of
premature dental decay?
Whether they are swayed by the
research'' of cranks like Mary Byrne, or
their reluctance to tamper with our
perfect and beautiful'' city water (Mayor
Parker), this council's decision to deny its
citizens the proven benefit of fluoridating
our water confirms my opinion that they
have either an alarming ignorance of
scientific methodology, or a gutless fear of
a vociferous minority of the general
De-ionised and sterile water does not
Our perfect'' water tastes good
precisely because it is not pure and
contains minerals such as iron and
calcium in trace amounts, as well as
Fluoride occurs naturally in water in
other parts of the world -- which is how its
benefits were discovered in the first
John & Viv Hicks
Fluoride cause of kids'
great dental health
In Waimairi in 1965 we had fluoridated
water and when we went to the UK in
1969 for a year we continued to give our
children fluoridated pills to keep up the
They did not have any fillings until
they were in their 30s and had excellent
teeth possibly because of the fluoridation.
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