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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 23, 2012 6:30 AM

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More election disgust

I have been following the recent story about how members of UISG were attempting to manipulate student voters into voting for their particular party ("Official: Complaints filed against both UISG parties over voting," DI, April 18).

The day student elections were being held, my roommates and I received a similar knock upon our door from members of the student political party called I Party.

I immediately recognized the person at the door to be Jessie Tobin, the recently elected vice president. After giving her spiel about why the I Party is beneficial for the university, they attempted to intimidate us into voting for them by asking us to vote in front of them.

I find it disgusting and embarrassing that the members of the UISG would use these tactics to persuade student voters: It is unprofessional and disrespectful. In a real-world setting, politicians are forbidden from influencing voters at a polling place. Approaching a student voter in the way Tobin did to us should not be tolerated.

Because I am currently not a student at the UI, I take no particular political stance when it comes to university matters. I have no interest in who leads the student government.

I do, however, find it repulsive that Tobin and the members of the I Party utilized these tactics to become representatives of the students.

But, hey, corrupt U.S. politicians have to start somewhere. Looks like the UI just became one of those places.

Kevin Welter
Iowa City resident

A bite of confusion for your seniors

Regarding the recent article on dental X-rays and brain tumors ("Local dentists say advances in technology reduce risk of tumors," DI, April 19), the comment by Howard Gamble, the president of the Academy of General Dentistry, seems to be a misunderstanding.

There are guidelines for prescribing dental radiographs that were developed by an expert panel comprising representatives from the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Dental Radiology, American Academy of Oral Medicine, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, and the American Dental Association.

Those guidelines state that for children, "posterior bitewing X-rays should be made if proximal contacts cannot be visualized." This means that if the back teeth are touching and you can't see the surfaces of the teeth that are in contact, bitewings are appropriate. This could occur any time after 2 years of age when all the baby teeth are in the mouth.

Gamble is implying that baby teeth don't matter. Because contributions baby teeth do get cavities, do get abscessed, and can cause serious systemic infections, they clearly do matter. Dentists who see children should assess the risk for cavities and use the radiographic guidelines to minimize exposure to X-rays while also minimizing the potentially devastating consequences of dental cavities.

Rebecca Slayton
UI professor of dentistry


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