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Okay. I'm done. I apologize. It struck me that I have sunk (as many of us have) to a level of discourse that simply fosters resentment. I'm sorry. I lament that I'm having these kinds of arguments and saying nasty things to people with whom I probably share many commonalities, people I'd likely get along with quite well, famously. There's really no point to it and it saddens me. We all agree that there is a problem. We just disagree on the proper solution. Since those who voted have decided that fluoridation of the public drinking water is not a viable course of action, we need to come together and explore the alternatives and find our way toward a solution.
So, I hope you'll accept my apology and put the bitterness behind us.
So if it weren't for your job, you wouldn't be here? You need a different job.
Hey, chicostix, perhaps you ought to take note on your position here and reflect on this: "Conformity is suicide. Nice job. Nice house. Nice life. Nice death. Conformity is the elimination of variables. The absence of choices." Hmmmmm?
Maybe you should return home; then you can return to your values.
And by the way--as far as what "ruins this place"--I'd put my money on trendy tourists like you, who ride over here because everybody says it's a cool place; but you get here and say crap like "the food isn't like New York's" and "the pizza isn't like Chicago's" and so on. Yeah, this isn't Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, Phoenix, or wherever you came from with your superior culture and fluoridation. 'We want fluoride in the water because that's how they do it in civilized places' you all scream and shout. 'That's normal!' Why did you move here? Because it's 'cool' here? So, why do you constantly complain about how we do it here while trying desperately to change Portland into one of your culturally superior cities that fit the norm so well? Oh, yeah, because you're tourists on the let's-go-to-Portland-where-all-the-cool-kids-go road trip. But then you say to yourselves, 'This isn't like home. Portland should be more like where I lived.' Well, sagging flint, that does merit a "fuck right off."
Hey, sagging flint. I was responding to anecdote with anecdote. So, perhaps you have the same advice for Gza1340. Also, the moniker "Kiddo" is cute and diminutive. So, using it on me is as well. And as far as "the turd that ruins this place" goes: I suppose the expression, "I know you are, but what am I?" has currency with you. (Tourist.)
I also grew up with fluoridated water, Gza1340, and it did nothing for me. So did my partner. Same. Her son grew up in Portland and has NO cavities! He's an adult now. Your argument doesn't hold water. Speaking of, water isn't the problem. Don't dump more chemicals into it. The problem is that poor kids eat and drink shit (candy and Coke) because it's cheap and they are misinformed about healthy foods. They also don't receive good dental hygiene education or service. Those things need to change. Clean water did not give them cavities (didn't give me mine!) and they are not likely to drink as much water as soda (hello obesity/diabetes problem?). And fluoridated water did not prevent my cavities. So your logic is bullshit. Go back to where you came from and get all the fluoride you want. Put it in your water, on your toast, whatever. But don't put it in mine. And fuck right off.
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