I am a poor person and actually love my kids...
I really do WISH this whole thing was about addressing issues that really do keep low-income families like my own from getting the care we actually need; I really do wish this whole things was about addressing the issues that create financial strain and health struggles; I really do wish this was about taking positive steps in addressing the root of the problems we are all faced with. I really do wish this was about creating a place that supports all of Portland families... not just this idea about "teeth", but our health as individuals and as a community.
I am angry that it is the families, that make up the foundation of Portland, that are the excuses for self interested companies to make $. It isn't as cut and dry as the "make portland smile" signs make it out to be.
Don't be fooled by the misleading blanket statements about teeth. Don't be afraid of them calling us all conspiracy theorists- its embarrassing that this has become the defense.
I grew up in a place with fluoridated water and my teeth are blotchy because of it... (aka Fluorosis:over exposure to Fluoride) and although my teeth are pretty healthy (minus the embarrassing blotchy spots on my front teeth) my brother's teeth are full of cavities and problems. Don't fix something that isn't broken----- our drinking water. .... work on fixing the root of the problems.... if you really give a damn.
I admit at first glance the argument FOR is attractive (who doesn't want to help low-income families and kids), but the issues at hand run far deeper than a simple fix. Time and time again we have seen that it actually isn't a fix at all.
IF it's too easy and too good to be true, IT is.
Please educate yourself and look further into this issue before voting.
what the F mercury...? REALLY?
Pathetic "Journalism". For you to print a piece that is so one-sided is just masterbatory .... nothing but an opinion piece. In MY opinion my kids shouldn't have to ingest Fluoride every time they take a sip of water.... that ALONE is a valid enough reason to keep it out.
While so many places have fluoridated water so many others, ALL over the world (Germany, The Netherlands, Canada. etc, etc) have/ are taking it out. The argument FOR is nothing but misleading. Why don't you take high fructose corn syrup out of school lunches; how bout access to dental care; how bout education! fuck you for printing such an opinionated one-sided piece on such a loaded issue... pathetic.
The new title of this piece: "THE MERCURY'S BIGGEST FAILURE".
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