"If you disagree with council, testify, write a letter, protest, vote them out of office ..."
Let's analyse how that's worked out for us. Fluoride. Tons of letters. Tons of calls. Media fiasco. Last minute protests. People FILLING City Hall in Opposition. About the only people at the initial meeting FOR fluoride were the paid lobbyists who met with Sellout Sammy at the bar. And how did that work out for Portland?
Thousands of dollars spent by volunteers to gather signatures on the referendum. City Hall purposely fast-tracks the voting date to 1 year earlier to give a decided advantage to the fluoridistas on the LAST DAY of Leonard and Adams.
How did the letters, phone calls, and protests work there? Or for the last 20 years of Glicker and Co running the PWB? It's time to fight fire with fire.
If you're gonna run for one of the 7 seats on the District this will set up, you damn well better be a Portlander. I don't buy this whole theory of "Big Biz will just buy the seats like they ALREADY buy City Hall." If someone takes donations from Big Biz(aka. CM2H Hill, HDR, etc.), the rags we call news would be on it like white on steamed rice!
When looking at a change like this it's worth looking at areas that already have PUD's and comparing how well they are managed, water rates, admin costs, etc. Here's one case study: Thurston County, WA
Thuston PUD budget allocated for Administration: 6%
PWB budget allocated for Administration: 14.4%
Alex Falcone is good friends with Shawn Fleek, the online media organizer working for Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland. He's trying to make it sound like we're voting on adding something benign to the water system, which is coincidentally exactly what Fleek claims. Just a "little toxic" never hurt ya. Fluoride in drinking water is delivered by fluorosilicic acid, a toxic phosphate fertilizer byproduct that can legally only be distributed to toxic waste sites or municipal water systems. Making fun of moms, minorities, babies, and cats, while an extremely low thing to do in print, is not going to change that. This is the exact chemical that we are voting on whether or not to dump 1.1 million pounds of into our water system. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szL2Ofzvpcs
There's been plenty of vitriol on both sides. Comedians aren't toxicologists. Dentists aren't epidemiologists. So to have paid comedians trying to explain toxicology and environmental effects seems off. Just like listening to dentists try to explain how fluoride affects other parts of your body than your teeth. Did you read the article? How is the article itself not condescending and patronizing? The article reads like a 5th grade cut down rant. How does that address the fact fluoridation hasn't worked in ANY Oregon city, it's ineffective, and we don't need it?
jerk: a : an annoyingly stupid or foolish person
b : an unlikable person; especially : one who is cruel, rude, or small-minded
c: a racist Mercury "reporter"
Do you think that by making fun of signs you're going to somehow change the fact that fluoridated cities in Oregon have much worse dental health than Portland? Vancouver has been fluoridated since 1962. It hasn't helped them in 50 years. How will marginalizing Portland citizens with the integrity to stand up to City Council help fluoridated Vancouver's low income dental health problems?
ERN, just a quick headsup. The negative rates for minorities and poor kids are the same in fluoridated communities. Check Vancouver. They have the same problem. It's because what really causes tooth decay isn't some magical "deficiency". It's dental access, education, and diet. There are much better alternatives. The low income minorities in the fluoridated cities are part of those numbers too. How has fluoridation helped them? There is no dental "crisis" in Portland, and there never was. Let's not become a dumping ground for 1.1 million pounds of fluorosilicic acid, which would go to a toxic waste dump, pesticides, or rat poison if not in drinking water. Vote NO in May!
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