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Fluoride vote is embarrassing

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From page A10 | October 08, 2013 |

As the Sacramento Bee stated in an editorial Friday, Councilman Dan Wolk was the only member of the City Council with enough courage to recommend the implementation of fluoride in the new water project for the city of Davis.

It’s embarrassing that our other leaders were unwilling to acknowledge the broad support of the scientific community that has recognized fluoridated drinking water as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.

Fortunately, more than 70 percent of the country has avoided the anti-fluoride hysteria that began as a “communist plot” in the 1950s and obviously still lives on in Davis as a conspiracy theory.

Jim Coulter

Davis

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  • John TroidlOctober 07, 2013 - 9:46 am

    Thank you for your letter, Mr. Coulter. While the other Council members have their own individual merits, Mr. Wolk certainly stood out on this issue in terms of his understanding of the (real) scientific issues, good public policy, and health/public health needs of the entire community, including but not exclusively the poor. (Actually, fluoridation benefits anyone who has teeth. You know who you are... :) I had previously thought him a bit "young"/green, but I was mightily impressed by how this Council Member handled himself and this issue over an extended period of time. Mr. Wolk has a bright political future as far as I am concerned!

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  • Grant AcostaOctober 08, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    The irony here is that if Davis were a 'typical' city like 70% of the US, folks like Jim probably wouldn't want to live here. People like Davis BECAUSE we are not afraid to challenge conventional thinking!

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  • sasshaOctober 08, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    I am extremely pleased the fluoride issue was voted down by the Davis City Council. Many in Davis were not anticipating having to buy enough water for their bath, their garden, their cooking needs, or what might be needed for drinking. Excluding the recent scientific information provided by various individuals opposed to fluoridation, not to mention the many cities in the USA who have dropped this from their communities, seems to be an effort to further undermine the wishes of the majority of the Davis community.

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