CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1999
Ted Feder, DDS, is totally missing the point regarding a main reason many of us are against having fluoride added to our tap water (Letters to the Valley Edition, Jan. 24). The point is, I do not want to be forced into drinking an additive I believe is dangerous and unnecessary. Those of you who want it should add it to your own water (fluoride drops, tablets, whatever). I resent Feder's comment that those who don't want it [should] buy bottled water. We have the right to safe tap water and are paying for it. If he wants fluoride for himself and his kids, then he and others should add it to their own water, but not force it on the rest of us. REBECCA SEGAL, RN, Studio City
May 22, 2013
Re "Fluoride in Portland? Not all will drink to that," May 19 Clifford Walker, a board member of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People's Portland chapter, admits he doesn't trust the "man in a white coat. " He doesn't want fluoride added to Portland's drinking water. But there are a lot of people in white coats - including the scientists at the World Health Organization - who believe that drinking distilled water robs the body of essential minerals. Other sources also make dire warnings.
September 6, 2012 |
Cities have wrestled with the notion of fluoridating water supplies to improve dental health for more than half a century. In the early days, naysayers warned that fluoride was conceived as a secret Communist weapon to pacify unruly populations. Advocates have pleaded that parents are losing the war on cavities and need community backup. The latest battleground is Portland, Ore., the largest U.S. city that doesn't put fluoride in its municipal water supply. That appears about to change: A majority of the City Council has signaled a willingness to vote next week in favor of an ordinance to inject low levels of fluoride into drinking water, heading off a promised ballot initiative seeking to prevent it. The debate in free-thinking Portland has been a contest between the overwhelming weight of mainstream medical organizations -- which have weighed in on fluoridation as a safe and effective way of promoting dental health -- and concerns of some critics about possible links to lower IQ and bone cancer at high doses, as well as citizens' right to choose what is in their water.
September 12, 2012 |
The City Council of Portland, Ore., on Wednesday approved putting fluoride in the municipal water, ending the city's official resistance to using the additive to fight tooth decay. The ordinance, which passed 5-0, calls for city water to be fluoridated by 2014, a spokeswoman for the city said by telephone. Portland is the largest city in the United States that does not add fluoride to its water. Despite the council's action, opponents of the ordinance have insisted that they will continue to fight fluoridation, and some said they plan to force a referendum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1999 |
The Los Angeles City Council approved a contract Tuesday as the last major step toward beginning to fluoridate the city's drinking water in the next two months. Council members including Laura Chick had delayed a vote on the $1.3-million contract to buy fluoride until the city Department of Water and Power completed a report on the health issues surrounding the chemical.
May 22, 2013 |
Portland is the largest city in the country that doesn't have fluoridated water, and voters have resoundingly decided it's going to remain that way. A proposal to add the cavity-fighting mineral to tap water was defeated Tuesday, with more than 60% of voters saying no. "We think we were able to get our message out that these fluoridation chemicals are not effective, and that they can be harmful to human health and the environment," said Rick...