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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:00 am

Help support March of Dimes

My daughter, Sophie, was born too soon and had to fight to survive because her lungs weren’t ready, her brain wasn’t ready, and, I wasn’t ready.

Sophie was one of the nearly half a million babies born who are preterm in the United States each year.

Please join me and the March of Dimes by visiting facebook.com/WorldPrematurityDay to learn more about how we can work together for stronger healthier babies.

Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death in the United States. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, lung problems, vision and hearing loss, and learning disabilities.

I’m working with the March of Dimes to give more babies a healthy start in life because no parent should have to experience the fear and worry I did while Sophie was in the hospital neonatal intensive care unit. That’s why this November 17, I will join the March of Dimes and its global partners to observe World Prematurity Day.

 Next year, the March of Dimes also is celebrating its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to give all babies a healthy start in life. Some four million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines, and medical breakthroughs, including many that have benefited premature babies.

 Each year, more than 12,000 babies in our state suffer the consequences of being born too soon. Worldwide about 15 million babies are born prematurely and more than one million of them die due to their early birth. Awareness is the first step to solving this problem.

Sarah Fowler,

Mission Volunteer

Charging sales taxes is right thing to do

Governor Brewer, the Arizona Department of Revenue, and Amazon did the right thing recently in striking a deal to charge sales tax on online purchases. While we all like to save money on those purchases, it just wasn’t fair to local brick and mortar stores. Congress itself has been focusing on this issue as well, and if/when they pass legislation for a nationwide sales tax on online sales, I hope they consider the monumental task that small businesses would face in having to comply with all 50 states and their tax structures. That is why there should be a built-in exemption for these businesses, so that they don’t have to spend countless hours and resources complying with each state and their tax code. It would simply be too tough to manage. Lets hope Congress remembers that in their future legislation.

William Powell,

Marana

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