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Thursday, December 10, 2009 Page 3 The Adams county Record Editor&apos;s Notebook Regarding recent letters... made contact with the understand how a let- In regards to the dis- letter-writer who had ter-writer might be cussion in the past two the original complaint, upset at seeing their "Letters to the Editor" PRIOR to its publica- piece changed and/ sections, the publisher tion. or cut without being of The Adams County While, I stand by informed. Record and I have dis- the editorial decisions In the future, it will cussed the situation I made, I do concede be our policy to make and our overall 'Letters' that the proper way to a reasonable effort to policy, handle it would have contact any letter-writ- Naturally, I am defen- been to alert the letter- ers prior to publication sire about any accu- writer to the changes of any letter that I feel sations or implications before it was printed warrants substantive that I edit, or "censor", to give that person changes. letters based on my the option of making As always, we'll wel- own personal opinions, their own changes or come any comments I steadfastly deny any scrapping the whole or suggestions on this such accusations, thing entirely. While I policy from any of our However, upon reflec- strongly disagree with readers. tion, it occurs to me any assertions that that most of the fervor my motives for mak- surrounding this issue ing changes were to Cy C could have been mitt- squelch opinions con- gated up front, had I trary to my own, I do Here's to your health Yes, you need to sleep Do you toss and turn at night, or have prob- lems falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you have trouble staying awake and alert during the day? If so, you may be one of the estimated 50-70 million Americans who have a sleep disor- der. Experts estimate that about one-third of adult Americans will experience some sort of sleep disorder in their lifetime. And, while many sleep disorders can be treated, most of them go undiagnosed. Why we sleep remains something of a mystery. Dr. Michael Twery, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at NIH's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, says, "Sleep 6riginates with the tim- ing of our biological elttk; "l'e i biolOial c’10k ' 6ei't6 in din0t all of our tissues." A particularrion of the brain operates as the master biological clock. It orchestrates what TWery calls a "sympho- ny" of hormones and other changes that pre- pare our body for sleep. It's clear that our body needs this sleep, because of what hap- pens when we don't get enough of it. "Too little sleep or not enough restorative sleep can seriously affect the way we think, behave, form memories and perfoi-m at work and school," explains Dr. Merrill Mitler, pro- gram director for sleep research at NIH,s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. "A con- tinued lack of sleep also puts us at risk for mood disorders such as depression and can lead to poor concentra- tion and poor judgment, social problems, greater risk of car crashes and increased risk of sub- stance abuse." There is also what Twery calls the "unseen side" of inadequate sleep. Because the tim- ing of sleep is linked to a symphony of chemi- cal reactions through- out the body, Twery xplains, it's also linked .to our health in more subtle ways. "When these chemical reactions become misaligned," he says, "they can contrib- ute to problems with our metabolism and our cardiovascular system, and can eventually lead to increased risk of dis- ease." Twery recounts one set of experiments in which otherwise healthy young adults developed resistance to insulin after•a few nights of only 4 hours of sleep. Insulin is a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy. When the body can't use insu- lin properly, diabetes can develop. After the researchers allowed the young adults to go back to 8-hour sleep periods, the problem reversed within days. Other studies have #0und "tha>t pe0ple Who get  less ,lep  tend' <to have higher rates of obesity, heart • disease, high blood pressure • and diabetes. A great deal of research is now focused on understand- ing the underlying links between sleep and these health factors. How much sleep do we need? Adults usu- ally need at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night to feel fully rested when they are awake. School- aged children and teens need at least 9 hours. Children in preschool need between 10 and 12 hours a day, and newborns need 16-18 hours. Many people unfortu- nately consider sleep a low priority and try to stay awake as much as they can to do more work, watch some TV or fit other things into their busy days. But others can't sleep because of an underlying problem. In fact, there are more than 70 different types of sleep disorders. NIH researchers con- tinue to explore the causes and conse- quences of sleep prob- lems such as insomnia, chronic sleep depriva- tion and obstructive sleep apnea. Even if all these disorders aren't fully understood, many of them can be treated. If you frequently Courtesy of The Adams County Health Center experience excessive daytime sleepiness or have problems sleep- ing, talk to your health care provider or a sleep specialist. If you'd like to learn more about problem sleepiness and take an interactive sleep quiz, log on to adams- county-health-center. org and click on Links. Tips for a Good Night's Sleep: • Keep a regular sleep and wake schedule, • Avoid caffeine and cigarettes in the late afternoon and don't drink alcohol to help you sleep. • Avoid going to bed on either a full or an empty stomach. • Use your bedroom primarily for sleep- ing. Sleep in a dark, quiet, well- ventilated space Vifh ' a ' cixtiifortiable -,,.. tepl-atie. -- ., . .- • Relax  before ; going to bed. Take a warm bath, lis- ten to soothing music, meditate or try relaxation or breathing exercises. • Face your clock away from the bed to avoid focusing on time if you awake before morning, • If you can't fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed or wake early and can't get back to sleep, get out of bed and try a relax- ing activity such as reading until you become drowsy. • Regular exercise can help improve cer- tain sleep disorders. However, don't exer- cise within 2 hours of bedtime. • Avoid household chores, paperwork or other stimulating activities for at least 2 hours before bed- time. • Use over-the-coun- ter or prescription sleep aids only for short periods of time and under the direction of your doctor. Some sleep aids can make you drowsy during the day and cause other side effects. [Source: National Institute of Health] THOMASON FUNERAL HOf, IE & CREMATORY Family Owned ld Operated 'This information is for general information only. Please check with your health care provider for specific nformatlon. Brought to you as a public service of Adams County Health Center, Inc., and the Adams 'County Record. COHHUNITY CHUtCH ’jEtVICECj 00jCHE00)Ul.E St. Jude's CathoUc Olurch • Council 1st & 3rd Sunday of the Month - 3:30 pm * Friday Mass - noon. Church of the Nazarene * Pastor: Robert Barkley 741-1875 • 102 S. Exeter • 253-4576 Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. • Children's Church 11:00 a.m. • Sunday Fellowship 12:00 p.m. Sun. Care Group * Tue. Ladies Prayer Meeting • Wed. Ladies Bible Study * Thurs. Care Group Indian Valley Communky Church Pastor: Brian Gladhart 355-2020 • Associate Pastor: Isaac Ward 257-3812 Sunday School 10:00 a.m. • Worship Service 11:15 a.m. • Wed. Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Church of Jesus Chdst of Laer Day Bishop: Jason Hansen • 253-4330 • S Fairfield, Council Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Coundl Bible Church • 253-6923 • 190 4th Ave. Interim Pastor Roger Hayden • Worship Services at 7:00 p.m. 1 st Lutheran Church of Council Communion 2nd & 4th Sundays * Information: 253-4486 Worship Service 5:00 p.m. Sunday, St Judes' on Hv 95 • Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Council Community Church. 253-6461 * 105 California Ave., Council Co-Pastors: Wayne Freedman & Les Sheneberger Morning Worship 10:00 a.m. * Wed. Family Night & Bible Study 5:30-7:30 pm New Meadows Hnited Methodist Church • 347-2427 • 210 N. Heighho Pastor Letha Essinger • www.gbgm-umc.org/newmeadows Adult Class 9:00 a.m. • Morning Worship 10:30 a.m • Children's Church held during worship Coundl Valley Assembly of God • 253-6430 * Pastor: Geoff Cole Sunday School 9:45 a.m. • Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Power & Light Compan`/Tuesday r 7:00 p.m. * Bible Stud,/Thursda,/ 7:00 p.m. Pastor's Corner Invading Mary by Wayne Freedman It was a quiet, inti- mate, life-shatter- ing invasion. A day of teenager daydreaming about her future life as Joseph's wife, preparing herself to be the best life partner she could be for such a good man, was interrupte d by a heavenly visitor. Imagine the shock of an angelic alien entering your peas- ant existence at such a young impressionable age. Then to be greeted as one "who is highly graced" blessed with the unmerited favor of God, and told that "The LORD is with you," a mes- sage usually reserved for prophets or priests, must have interrupted her world with incred- ible questions. Who me? Why me? Why now?. The Creator of the universe is here with me now? Oh, wow! In one of the great understatements in the Bible, Luke says, "She was  thoroughly shaken, wo,nddriig ,, ,what, - was behind a greeting like ell .... that." [The Message] To reassure her Gabriel then declared, "Do not be afraid, Mary you have found favor with God." So far so good, if he had just stopped there it would have been an amazing event but pos- sibly not one that would change the rest of her life. But it doesn't end there! He goes on, "You will be with child, and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus." OK. "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, His kingdom will never end." You're kiddingl A king will be born through me, whose kingdom will never end! WOWI Notice the belief in her response. She doesn't ask, "How can this be . . .?" but rather "How will this be since I am a vir- gin?" She realized right away that 'th'is Was goiiig to involve an intimacy of relationship that she had not yet experienced. But Gabriel's answer must have blown both his mind and hers, when he iannounced, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will over- shadow you. So the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God." I can only imagine her initial stunned silence, with ro words to express the implications for her future that must have been racing through her mind. Supernaturally impreg- nated by God in order to bear His Son for the good of all mankind, could anything more incredible be predicted for a young woman's future? "I am the LORD's ser- vant," Mary answered, "May it be to me as you have said." She was willing to risk disgrace and divorce to comply with God's plan for her life. May we be as respon- sive as she, with our lives this Christmas .sea, son. Tidying up the place AmeriTifle of Adams, Payette and Washington county held Its first Highway clean up in early November. They cleaned up a two-mile stretch south of the Mann Creek Store on highway 95. The clean up only took a couple of hours. . Burial Services '- Pre.planning Options ' Cremation Services - Monuments 221 E. Court St ' Weier, 113 83672 (208) 414-L34 w,wc.Lienkaemper-Thomason.eom Schwartz Construction Troy Schwartz 208-25'3-4210 • Excavating • Road Building • Snow Removal i Rock Products • Utilities 2331 Old Hornet Rd Council, ID 83612 Timberline Title & Escrow, Inc. Your local title and escrow company Serving Adams County since 1989! A policy Issuing agent of First American Title Ins. Co. 104 Industrial Way  Council ID 83612 Phone: 208-253-6886 Fax: 208-253-6887 email: cward @ timberlinetitle'c°m Ontario Dental Arts Kevin Tatlock, Denturist • Custom made dentures are done on site or in our laboratory • Free consultation with licensed professional Come in and talk to Kevin about these common worries: FIT• APPEARANCE "COST We have fees for all budgets Most dental insurance accepted caU for an appointment Dentures starting at $495.00