What's the opposite of water crazies ... water willfully ignorants? Water don't-give-a-shits? Water I don't even know what the hell you people are talking about nor do I care to learn?
ahem, fight EPA LT2 -- ahem, keep our open reservoirs -- ahem, no privatization -- ahem, no regionalization -- ahem, no blending -- AHEM!
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Portland Mercury still getting the facts wrong with statements such as "cavity rates here are worse than the national average". If you actually read the Smile Survey you see that it's worse in OREGON, but *here* in Multnomah County the dental health stats are *better* than the national average. Please stop making false and/or extremely misleading claims about fluoridation!
It's interesting that the city did not actually find him guilty of kicking them out. The 911 call seems to indicate that the women were endangering themselves by opening the door while he was still driving. If that's true, warning other drivers about their reckless behavior seems reasonable. It's the police officer's job to deal with that situation. Sounds to me that hanging up on the investigators and not understanding the mundane details of law was how he really screwed up.
"If you disagree with council, testify, write a letter, protest, vote them out of office ..."
We've tried ALL of those things and it hasn't changed anything.
"but don't turn our public utilities over some of the biggest corporate polluters and least civic-minded industries in Portland"
I am wary of the corporate backing of the proposed PPWD and what influence they might have over it, but can it be worse than what we already have with the obvious influence of MWH, CH2M Hill, and HDR? That's not a rhetorical question. And I don't expect a complete answer right now. It's actually more of a statement that we need to consider both the benefits and the risks of forming a PPWD. We need to take our time with the analysis and not be overly influenced with our personal biases one way or the other.
I foresee a heated debate about the science, health risks, etc, but here's an easy way to circumvent that. For anyone who doubts why we should demand that Mayor Hales should work with Senator Merkley in obtaining an exemption to EPA LT2, ask yourself why NYC Mayor Bloomberg has already been successful in working with NY Senator Schumer. And how can 80% of our city council claim that it's over when the EPA's decision on waivers won't be until 2016? NYC water rate payers stand to save about a $BILLION dollars, and here in PDX we're talking about at least $280 MILLION for an unnecessary project. Those who would PROFIT from that obviously have a huge conflict of interest. Don't we already have enough reasons to be against it without even getting into the science of it?
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