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Bob Dunning: There are cheaper ways to fluoridate

By From page A2 | July 03, 2013

NO CHOICE … silly me, as we move up on Independence Day in our beloved hometown, I was under the impression that when it comes to the government telling us what we can or can’t do with our bodies, we are a pro-choice city … first in the nation, as I remember, as declared unanimously by our esteemed City Council some years back …

Now, however, by a nearly unanimous vote of our Water Advisory Committee, we’ll all be ingesting a certain quantity of fluoride every time we take a swig of our delicious Davis tap water, whether that water originates from a well in the ground or from the nearby Sacramento River … if you don’t wish to ingest fluoride, you can always buy bottled water or even give up drinking water altogether … just be sure to keep your mouth shut when you’re taking a shower, because that water will be fluoridated as well …

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? … fluoride, as it turns out, is incredibly cheap and readily available … most Davisites who wish to fluoridate themselves or their children can easily afford the cost … as for those who can’t afford fluoride but wish to have it in their lives, the city could easily formulate a program to make fluoride available to all low-income families desiring it, but at a fraction of the cost of fluoridating the entire city water supply, including water that washes the dishes, flushes the toilet and waters our lawns and tomatoes …

It might take a bit more brain power to devise such a program than to simply dump a batch of fluoride into the water system, but if we’re ever going to regain our status as one of the smartest cities in America, this may be our chance …

WHAT’S NEXT? … to combat obesity in thirsty teenagers, the city of Davis has entered into secret negotiations with several major bottling companies to deliver calorie-free Pepsi Max during after-school hours to regular “water” taps in Davis homes … the Pepsi Max will, of course, be fluoridated, helping to eliminate both cavities and love handles …

THE ROCKET’S RED GLARE … I’m not certain of the propriety of a mayor running for higher office delivering the annual Fourth of July speech to a captive audience of thousands at Community Park prior to the fireworks, but speak Joe Krovoza will … whether he’ll say “Vote for Joe” or simply “Let the fireworks begin” remains a state secret, but it’s a safe bet Dan Wolk will demand equal time …

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, JIMMY KEYLOR? … a long time ago I mentioned in this space a Fourth of July memory from my Davis Little League playing days concerning a pint-sized slugger named Jimmy Keylor … and every year about this time I get a request or two to run that entire column again … well, the long and short of it is that I was on the mound in the noonday sun, coming on in relief in the final inning to protect my team’s precarious 3-1 lead … after I had walked three and struck out two, up came Jimmy Keylor to settle things once and for all … Keylor hit my first offering halfway to Dixon and they’re still looking for the ball out along Pedrick Road …

Not satisfied with ruining my Fourth of July moment, muscular Jimmy went on later that summer to hit three home runs in a single all-star game as the Davis kids advanced many miles along the road to Williamsport before finally being stopped … there have been a number of great kids who have come through the Davis Little League, but three home runs in a single-elimination all-star game remains a record unlikely to be broken …

I’m proud to have known Jimmy Keylor and proud to think that my fateful pitch to him on the Fourth of July may have given him just the confidence he needed to know he could do it three more times in a single game …

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