Sheridan Dentists and Hygienists Sponsor 1st Annual "Give Kids a Smile" Day

While many people enjoyed having President's Day off Monday, a group of hard-working Sheridan area dentists and hygienists used the day to serve Sheridan County children. Called "Give Kids a Smile" Day, the event was an opportunity for children who do not have dental insurance or Title 19 dental coverage to receive exams, x-rays, cleanings and sealants -- all free of charge. Dr. Brian Cook with Sugarland Dental tells us the background.

Dr. Cook said that all the dental professionals who took part found it meaningful.

Dr. Cook says that he and the other participating professionals saw a steady stream of children all day Monday. They hope to be able to continue the tradition in Sheridan for years to come.

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4th dimension beings

I'm pretty sure 4th dimensional beings started R&B Music. I heard that from the aliens that abducted me.

Kudos to the dentists

I cannot believe the negative comments about the great gift these dentists have given to some of our kids. So many need dental care that their parents can't afford. It will be a positive affect on their present and positive health. I am grateful for the time they gave and hope it will be an annual event.

I just wish something could also be done for the adults in our community who suffer with dental pain.

What a wonderful oppurtunity

What a wonderful oppurtunity for dentists who have over charged and stolen from their patients over the years,to try and clear a guilty conscience by helping children.

I think it goes to their

I think it goes to their profession trying to keep a strong customer base, by starting kids young on the path to empty pockets...

Fill em up with that floride when they are young and don't know any better.

Overcharged? Its supply and

Overcharged? Its supply and demand my friend. The demand for dentistry has been high in the community for the past few years, and when demand is higher than the supply then the people supplying the services will raise their prices to meet the equilibrium point.

Its simple Microeconomics, and if you don't like it then become a dentist to try and provide more services to equal the demand. You wouldn't like that though, because then the supplier would not make as much money on each service provided.

If you would like any more lessons in Economics, Accounting, Business Law I would be happy to provide them so you would be more educated. Maybe then you could provide some worthwhile posts.

A negative comment from

A negative comment from RJones? I don't believe it!

If this is the fist year

If this is the fist year they have done it, it is just the first. If they do it again next year that will be the first annual.

Here's how I see the

Here's how I see the semantics of this:

The word "first" refers to the event itself, not the recurrence. Therefore, when they do it next year it will be the "second annual," not "first annual." So, is this year the "first annual?" I don't think it is... at least not yet.

Even if an event has occurred once per year for some time, there is no guarantee that it will occur next year. Using the term "annual" to describe something does not require proof that it will occur again next year. On the other hand, something can't be technically "annual" unless it has already been repeated at least once. Therefore, when an event is being held for the first time, it is not the "first annual." The first event is the "inaugural" event.

However, once the pattern has been established, the first event could then be referred to as the "first annual."

Spot on Steve

That is journalism 101. It is not an annual event until year two. Naming anything a first annual event is incorrect.

It's Science

Before the pattern is established you can assume the event will become "annual". Therefore we can make the assumption that the aforementioned event can simply be called the "first annual". It's Science.

No no no. That is like

No no no. That is like saying that a child is 1 at birth. It is not science, it is semantics. I am just using the language we have all agreed on here. Also remember what happens when you assume.

There is a difference

There is a difference between birthdays, anniversaries and annual events. Anniversaries and birthdays mark the number of years since the event (which only actually occurs once), so the first birthday or anniversary is one year after the original. An event that happens every year is counted differently. With these, the number refers to the event itself, not the anniversary of the original. Therefore, the second year the event is held (on the first anniversary of the original event) it is the second annual event. People often refer to the first event as the "first annual" if they PLAN to make it an annual event, but it really doesn't become an annual event until the second year. There is no such thing as "first annual." The first event is the "inaugural" and the second is the "second annual."

Annual - Recurring, done, or

Annual - Recurring, done, or performed every year; yearly

Inaugural - Initial; first

"First inaugural" is redundant. The first time it happens it is the inaugural like you said. The second time it happens would be the first time it happens on a yearly basis, making it the "First Annual." No matter how you try to rehash and deform the english language, it can not be annual untill it recurs.

You are correct in saying

You are correct in saying that an event does not become "annual" until the second year, but that event is the "second annual," not the "first annual."

Anniversaries count the number of years since the event; annual events are counted by the events themselves.

If something is the 10th annual event, that means it is the 10th time that event has been held. It's the 9th anniversary of the inaugural event, but it is the 10th annual event.

Your right!

Thats right Steve.

Yes "First Annual" is

Yes "First Annual" is redundant. I think we can all agree on that. There is an issue with our perception of time though. On our calendars we can mark down events in the future so how should we refer to them? We would still say the "Second Annual" even though it has not happened yet.

And what about those fourth dimensional beings? They see what we perceive as time as a single event. So even though it has not happened for us, in the fourth dimension, it still happened.

I don't agree with that.

I don't agree with that. "First annual" isn't redundant, it's just inaccurate. Something can't be an annual event AND the first (i.e. only) event.

Fourth dimensional beings probably don't have the same issues we have with English Grammar, but time travelers have even more problems. For example, how do you refer to something that occurred in the past - while you are traveling back in time? This means that the event is about to occur in your future, but it is also in the past.

Pshh, Fourth Dimensional

Pshh, Fourth Dimensional beings WOULD have problems with English if they spoke English. I don't think time travelers would have any problems however. Simply because they could define the event any way they wanted to. If they traveled back to the "Inaugural Event" every year then they could say that "Yes, This is my fourth annual inaugural event" and so on.

I thought the fourth

I thought the fourth demension was time. So if these being from the fourth demension were to discribe this event would they say that they experience every event simltaniously for all eternity? So if every event were to occur simultaniously they would have no concept of annual or inaugural.

Yeah thats right! The only

Yeah thats right! The only way they would have any concept of annual or inaugural would have to be referring to our 5th dimension.

I doubt 4th dimensional

I doubt 4th dimensional beings would have much interest in '60s R&B music.

thank you

Thank you, Steve. Saved me the time to say it myself, and I couldn't have put it any better.

I couldn'd have said it

I couldn'd have said it better myself Mr. Sisson.

Why wasn't it written about

Why wasn't it written about before it took place??

It was in the paper for

It was in the paper for about a week.

I'm not sure about that. I

I'm not sure about that. I do know it was advertised on the radio.