Letters to the Editor: January-February 2011

Letters to the Editor: January-February 2011

The Editors:

Letters to the Editor

Readers of Northwest Dentistry are invited to submit Letters to the Editor on topics related to articles or columns previously published in the journal. Letters written to express viewpoints about current policies or actions of the MDA or other agencies will be referred to an appropriate individual, department, or committee to directly respond to the author. The views expressed are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or official policies of the Minnesota Dental Association, the Publications Committee, or Northwest Dentistry editorial staff. Letters will be accepted by e-mail at info@mndental.org.



December 2010

Dr. William E. Stein

Executive Editor

Northwest Dentistry


Dear Bill,

Thanks again for another editorial in Northwest Dentistry that lifts and inspires my spirit. [In your November-December 2010 editorial “Orlando Magic”, page 9] your venture into the question of “extractions under a tree” touched my soul. Often I feel that I have seen those “two roads diverged in the wood”.* I know that my choice to serve has made a difference to those in need.

We must always remember that it is in giving that we receive, and to those whom much has been given, much is expected, and whatever we do for the least of our brothers and sisters, we do unto thee.

I trudge along, sometimes battered by sentiments that question the gift of giving, and I muse:

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.”*

Thanks for your continued words that lift me up and inspire all of us!


William Hoffmann, D.D.S.

2855 Campus Drive

670 Westhealth Medical

Plymouth, MN 55441-2649

*From the poem “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, first printed in The New Republic March 7, 1923.