Dear Ann Landers, I am an emergency-room pediatrician and the father of four. I cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. I frequently treat children in the emergency room who have escaped a major head injury because they were wearing a helmet. And, sadly, too often, I see children who have suffered serious, irreversible and tragic head injuries -- simply because they did NOT wear a helmet.
Parents need to insist on helmets and make sure their children wear them every time they hop on a bicycle. My family and I certainly do. -- Bo Kennedy, emergency physician, St. Louis Children's Hospital
Dear Readers, Please bear with me as I revisit a subject that has produced an extraordinary amount of mail. I am amazed that so many readers are passionate about the importance of wearing bicycle helmets. What follows could save the life of someone very dear to you.
Dear Dr. Kennedy: I appreciate your input. And now, here's another letter on the subject.
Hi! It's Margo here. I'd love to know what you think of the letters -- and the answers!
Also, any additional thoughts you might have. Thanks!
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Dear Readers, , My x-girlfriend who lived with my son and I for 16 years died of cancer. Prior before we knew she had cancer-she moved out because of an addiction problem. We did stay very close before she died. Her x-husband an attorney took over her finances and the burial arrangements. I being financially set was okay with that, whatever they needed I provided. What really hurt my son and I the most was the obituary - we were not mentioned at all. Our friends (mine and hers) were appalled. I was embarrassed and upset for not just me, but for my son-who loved her also. I never been so upset. Her x-husband put his wife and kids and their grandchildren in the obituary, who my girlfriend barely knew. They live an hour away from us. I know its silly to be mad over a little section of the newspaper, but it still hurts. Will time let this devastating loss of her and this article ever go away? I am so angry at this whole situation, its not like we can go and rewrite an obituary notice.