Dateline: Portland, May 22, 2013

Thank You Portland!!  The votes are in: 60% No on Fluoridating our Bull Run Water!!

That’s from your faithful dog here, and from the majority of citizens who could see through the manufactured dental crisis and high priced PR campaign of lies that constituted the pro-fluoride campaign!

All the mainstream media was spewing the cor’prit message that drinking toxic waste is good for you.  Even the so-called alt-rags like WW, Mercury, and my God, even Street Roots endorsed this madness!  Sorry guys; you’re on the wrong side of history and you have just proven how incredibly irrelevant you are!  Nothing but lock-step cor’prit talking points that boiled down to, “trust us, we’re telling you it’s good for you.  It’s the one and only medication that you don’t need to be concerned about the dose, and doesn’t cause long term health effects (even though no one has studied it).”

Here’s what the Or’gonian is saying on their editorial page today:

“On Tuesday, voters overturned a City Council decision to fluoridate Portland’s water supply. They were entitled to do that, just as anti-fluoridation activists were entitled to force a vote and conduct a campaign devoted to scare-mongering and half-truths (or tenth-truths). Still, the outcome is unfortunate for the thousands of children and adults who stood to benefit from a practice used safely throughout the country for decades.

Such is the nature of votes. You win some, you lose some — and, whatever the outcome, you move on.

Moving on does not mean giving up, however. It means moving on to the next opportunity to do the right thing, in Portland and elsewhere.

The next opportunity in Portland could take place as early as May 2014. Fluoridation opponents seek a charter amendment that would “prohibit addition of fluoride (to city water) that is an industrial or manufacturing by-product,” according to the ballot title approved for circulation. The initiative’s proponents have until Jan. 17 to submit the roughly 30,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, and there’s little reason to believe they can’t get the job done.

The practical effect of such a charter amendment would be to block future city councils from voting to fluoridate, as Portland’s did last year. Supporters of fluoridation stinging from Tuesday’s loss should remember that things could get even worse and prepare accordingly. After a suitable period — measured in years — public health advocates and city commissioners should take up fluoridation again in Portland. When that happens, the city charter shouldn’t stand between kids and strong teeth.

Speaking of kids and strong teeth, those who aren’t served by Portland water stand to benefit from fluoridation just as much as those who are. There’s no reason public health advocates and supportive residents can’t promote fluoridation elsewhere in the region and the state. Why not Lake Oswego? Why not Hillsboro? Public sentiment in Portland doesn’t predict public sentiment elsewhere.

You wouldn’t know it to hear the lurid claims of opponents — lower IQs!sSick salmon! — but fluoridation is quietly commonplace throughout Oregon, even within the metro area itself. The water in Corvallis, Salem and Keizer is fluoridated. So, too, is water in Forest Grove and Beaverton. The sizeable Tualatin Valley Water District provides fluoridated water to most of its customers as well.

In all, community systems providing fluoridated water served more than 800,000 Oregonians as of last July. A positive Portland vote would have roughly doubled that number, but even without it fluoridation is widespread. Even Scappoose does it.”

Again, there’s that most logical of arguments you’ve ever heard since grade school, “everybody’s doing it!  So…, it must be OK, right?”   Incredible!!  Why don’t you just come right out and say it, all us anti-fluoride folks are just ignorant hicks (did you catch that you dogs in Scappoose?) and we all wear tin-foil hats!

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