To see beauty, it's best to keep eyes on the sky
"Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies." That is a lovely song. Too bad we cannot say the same for the beautiful landscapes also. I am perplexed. Since Sept. 11, 2001, we have heard and seen many people displaying flags on their homes, their cars and praising our great country.
This is great. But it seems that is as far as it goes. I am appalled at the trash along the roadsides where it is seemingly thrown from cars. In the overgrown ditches are beer bottles, fast food containers. In many apartment complexes the weeds are growing alongside the buildings. Dumpsters are overflowing so that there is trash blowing in neighboring yards. Yes, the landlords should make sure that all that is cleaned up but sometimes they cannot get to it. I am asking what is wrong with the people in this world. Why cannot the tenants at least pull some weeds or make sure the trash is not blowing around? I guess they are waiting for "someone" else to do it. And it seems "someone" else is not going to do it. I have even seen soiled diapers in grocery store parking lots. As you are traveling in your car, just notice how trashy it looks.
If everyone would do their part and not throw things out the window and pick up around their area it would appear that we really do have a great country that we are proud of. Sad to say, but we certainly cannot be proud of how our area looks at the present time. I am angry because I just came from a walk on a street near my home. In the distance of 90 feet I counted 45 bottles and cans and paper cups. And guess what? In that area there is a sign saying no littering. It takes more than just displaying flags and singing patriotic songs to have a great country. It takes pride in our country and putting trash in the proper place.
Following simple rules protects skin from sun
Recently there was much media attention about a mother whose young children were overexposed to the sun while visiting a county fair. The good news is the children were not as severely sunburned as originally reported. This unfortunate incident creates a chance to repeat a critical lesson about the power and dangers of the sun.
As a dermatologist and president of the American Cancer Society, Ohio Division, I want to remind everyone about the importance of following sun-safety recommendations for children and adults.
We often hear about cancers such as breast, prostate, lung and colorectal. However, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and one of the most preventable. In fact, about 80 percent of skin cancers can be prevented by protecting skin from the sun's rays.
Protecting skin during childhood and adolescence is especially important in reducing the risk of getting skin cancer as adults. But sun-safety is important for people of all ages.
Some simple preventive steps while you are outside can greatly reduce the chance of developing sunburn or skin cancer.
First, try to limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the ultraviolet (UV) rays are the most intense. Next, remember to wear the proper clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt and a hat with a broad brim. Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. Also make sure you wear sunglasses that absorb 99 percent to 100 percent of the UV light.
Furthermore, avoid tanning beds and sun lamps, since they can give off UV light that can increase the risk of skin cancer.
All people are at risk for sunburn and skin cancer, regardless of their skin color. Everyone needs to protect skin and eyes from the sun. We can still enjoy the outdoors and have some fun in the sun if we remember to be sun-smart.
ROBERT T. BRODELL, MD
X The writer is president and chief medical spokesperson of the American Cancer Society, Ohio Division.