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PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018 The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few restrictions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's person rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS A GREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. I --- A review of the new Mr. Rogers Documentary by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson Full disclosure: I have never seen an episode of the long-running PBS children's show called "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood." The only reason I went to see "Won't You Be My Neighbor?," the documen- tary about Mr. Rogers and his show, was because we were visiting friends who very much wanted to see it. Thank you, dear friends! The movie was very special--poignant, profound, elegantly un- derstated and brimming with kindness, warmth, and understanding. In one way, the documentary is like the old show itself: a simple story with cheap produc- tion values featuring a plain vanilla un-star-like "star." In another and fundamentally crucial way, the documentary is different from the show: it is primarily for adults instead of children. Whereas "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" was rated G, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" is rated PG-13. It features adults candidly and sometimes colorfully talking about the adults who made the TV show. "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" tells the dual sto- ries of the long-lived TV show (1968-2001) and of Fred Rogers (1928-2003) himself. Along the way, we get to know Mr. Rogers' real-life family--his wife and two sons--and his TV family. Both fami- lies share a lot of love and affection. This documentary showed me how often Mr. Rogers used his show to comfort children by cou- rageously and gently addressing such challenges to childhood happiness as the death of a family member (including pets), divorce, scary news sto- ries about war, etc. The way the documentary makers weave ele- ments of Fred Rogers' personal life into the narra- tive about the show is refreshingly original. "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" is definitely not an "every- thing you ever wanted to know about Fred Rogers" indulgence. The little we learn about his childhood appears late in the documentary. The rumor that I had heard about Mr. Rogers' military record was debunked. We come to see a man whose work was the embodiment of his life and values. What surprised me most in this documentary was that Mr. Rogers was the target of denuncia- tions and protests. Some adults vehemently at- tacked him for thwarting human development through the subversive technique of telling chil- dren, "I like you just the way you are." Huh? All I can say is that those critics must not have ever had children themselves. One of the most important things a parent can do for children is to help them feel comfortable in their own skin. Mr. Rogers wasn't telling 5-year-olds that they would never have to grow up and get a job. He was giving them the reassurance that it's OK to be a child today, and not to feel that they had to have the adult world all figured out while they were still in kindergarten. Fred Rogers had the wisdom to realize that the world can be a very confusing, even threatening, place to children, who lack the emotional and rational maturity to cope with all of life's challenges. How immensely important, then, was his gentle, comforting voice reassuring kids CROSSWORD It's the height of summer, a time of year when we are most vulnerable to insect-borne diseases. It's a threat that will still be with us well into the Fall. Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control [CDC], warns that "a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick." Tick attacks can be particularly nasty for se- niors, says Dan Weber, president of the Associa- tion of Mature American Citizens. "They can cause several different illnesses, most notably Lyme dis- ease. All of these sicknesses can have harsh symp- toms but they rarelyresult in death, although the elderly have weaker immune systems and are therefore more susceptible." According to the CDC the symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, rash, facial paralysis and ar- thritis and can last up to six months. The Interim Healthcare Web site notes that these "symptoms can be harsh but slow to set in - a person could be infected with Lyme disease for a full month with nothing but a small rash at the bite location before more serious symptoms set in. Later stage Lyme can include increased rashes, partial facial paraly- sis, arthritis and joint pain, irregular heartbeat, brain and spinal cord swelling, nerve pain and short-term memory loss." Not all ticks carry Lyme disease. Weber says, "it is the blacklegged tick and the western b ck- legged tick that are the culprits. They are not common in all 50 states. In fact, up until about 20 years, they were common only in the Northeastern United States. But two decades later they can be found in 1,531 counties spread across 43 states. Rebecca Eisen, a research biologist at the CDC, tells us that blacklegged ticks inhabit the north- eastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central regions of the United States, and the western blacklegged tick are found along the Pacific" Coast." Weber says he did some research and found that you can tell the difference between the blacklegged and the common dog tick [which is not known to spread disease] by the physical differences between the two. The blacklegged tick is much smaller than the dog tick and the dog tick has white markings on its back. The AMAC chief also suggests that you do not panic if you find a tick has attached itself to your body; you've got up to 24 hours before an infection can set in. So you have time to get help in remov- ing it at an ER, for example. "Whatever you do, don't try to squeeze it out or use a lit cigarette to coax it out. If you can't get medical help, use twee- zers to grip it as close as possible to its mouth to remove." And, now it is reported that a new species of tick, the "Longhorned Tick" has recently been identified in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Arkansas. According to one re- port, "while they have been known to transmit dis- ease to humans in other parts of the world, health officials say more resea=, h is needed to determine whether that's possible in the U.S." To prevent tick bites, the CDC suggests that you: Treat clothing and gear with products con- taining 0.5% permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and re- main protective through several washings. And that you, Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)- registered insect repellents containing DEET, pica- ridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE), pa- ra-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. EPA's helpful search tool can help you find the product that best suits your needs. Always follow product instructions. that despite its bumps and bruises, life can still turn out well. Others condemned Fred Rogers for not being condemnatory. The documentary makes clear that Mr. Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister, upheld Christian standards in his life and on his show, but refrained from blustery denunciations. It becomes clear in the documentary that Mr. Rog- ers' saw his ministry as not to sit in judgment and condemn, but simply to love others. He was con- tent to leave the ultimate judgment of individuals to God. Like many in the cinema where I saw "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" I had some tears in my eyes. I was deeply moved by how beautiful and powerful a loving heart can be. As I left the cinema, I almost felt a sense of culture shock. At a time when Holly- wood relies on over-the-top stimulation to entertain us, this low-key documentary about an unpreten- tious man and his unpretentious show delivered a deeper, more genuine emotional experience. 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