No Fluoride In Portland’s Water

Slate reports on the city of Portland, OR and how the citizens there have repeatedly voted down measures to fluoridate their water supply.

I don’t understand why this is a big deal. Put aside all the quackery that these people are accused of. I believe that’s a red herring. Over and over again the people of Portland have voted that they don’t want this – that should be the end of the story, but it’s getting pushed onto them anyway.

Why?

I really thought of this, if people WANT fluoride in their water – say because for some reason they aren’t getting it from toothpastes or whatever, or they just like the taste of it (which is an odd reason, but fluoridated water tastes different) – why couldn’t there be some kind of Brita filter or something that ADDS fluoride to your personal drinking water? Does that sound stupid? If so, then why is it okay to do that to a city’s entire water supply?

The vote was yesterday. I haven’t seen results yet, but I suspect that it was voted down again.