- 10:11:02, May 27th 2015 - SmartMoney - So, when companies that sell "milk, or a TV, or whatever," also increas ... [Read More]
- 2:38:02, May 27th 2015 - sv80 - Mr. Wentworth: What would happen if I decided to drive a large-tracked caterp ... [Read More]
- 1:51:51, May 27th 2015 - Kim Wentworth - @sv80- didn't I read somewhere that we as a people came to this land ... [Read More]
- 1:43:11, May 27th 2015 - What? - "Stricter gun regulation will not stop crime, but it will reduce it" Ya, t ... [Read More]
- 10:53:16, May 27th 2015 - LOLZ - Well sv80, that's what separates the clock punchers from the people that thin ... [Read More]
- 10:50:46, May 27th 2015 - Livin' the dream - Time for all of the goldbrickers to get back to work. You know wh ... [Read More]
- 8:27:56, May 27th 2015 - sv80 - The US has the highest gun/crime rate of any highly advanced first world count ... [Read More]
- 6:25:36, May 27th 2015 - waytogo - You r so right kim. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. I sat my g ... [Read More]
- 8:54:34, May 26th 2015 - sv80 - To Hawkeye and Wentworth The fact that you resort to sarcasm, ridicule, and ... [Read More]
- 1:50:35, May 26th 2015 - Kim Wentworth - @sv80- my response to the above article pretty much addresses the iss ... [Read More]
There were no letters to the editor submitted for the week of May 14, 2001.
To the Editor,
Exposure to mercury is a very serious health threat because it stays in your system a lifetime. This silver liquidized metal causes damage to the liver, brain, and developing fetuses. Mercury is found in fish tissues, thermometers, barometers, and dental fillings. Currently, there is a bill (S555) that will change the amount of exposure to mercury that is safe for pregnant women and young children. I encourage you to speak to your local representatives about the Mercury-Safe Seafood Act.
I would also like to thank the Fillmore County residents that brought in mercury thermometers for exchange during the week of April 23rd. Fillmore County Public Health was only supposed to distribute 40 digital thermometers, which were all gone in first day of the program. We then received a second shipment of 72 thermometers that lasted until April 27, 2001. In total, 112 thermometers were given out and 151 were taken in for hazardous waste disposal. When community members came in to drop off the thermometers they were asked to complete a 10-question survey. The majority of Fillmore County residents have not been exposed to a broken mercury thermometer and did not know how to clean up mercury and dispose of it properly. In addition, the people of Fillmore County who participated in the mercury thermometer exchange had minimal risks from mercury exposure due to consumption of fish. Please look for further opportunities to dispose of your mercury thermometers in the near future. If you have any questions about mercury please contact me at 507-765-3898.
Brenda Leigh Waege, MPH
Fillmore County Health Educator