Today I divert you with the latest crazed notion on minds where I live. Discussion has started again about whether the Rose City should flouridate its water. Debate has been in play for many years. Prepare to find this one very, very out-there. This doting grandmother who cannot believe that
Portland, Oregon is the largest US city NOT providing fluoridated water to its citizens!
Dr. Don LaGrone, a concerned pediatrican reports:
During the 3 years in which I served as Medical Director for the Children’s Community Clinic in North Portland, I personally witnessed the degree to which this problem affects those populations least able to afford dental care. Cavities in children of color are as much as twice as common as in the more affluent communities, and these children have few resources for dental treatment.
Of the two men in the runoff for Mayor, Jefferson Smith may support flouridation because his wife would be angry otherwise. Charlie Hales believes we need more study because adding flouride to the drinking water might impact negatively on the local beer industry. This consumate foolishness is perfectly illustrated by Jack Ohman Oregonian cartoonist.
One day in Food Front Co-op, I took photos of a few of the engaging labels along the aisles; so many of them. line-up of brews. [Carrie Nation emanates from a Lincoln City, Oregon brewery--almost local.] Like its dental health rating, Portland is way up there with 40 breweries within the city limits more than any other city in the world! Synchronicity? Too many children drink beer...beer causes cavities? You decide.
Foolishly, primary voters did not support my candidate, Eileen Brady. Over at the liberal blog, Blue Oregon, along with a long listing of driving violations by Smith, it was noted that a write-in candidate cannot happen in a runoff. Sigh. Personally I find either choice leads me to the unthinkable: skip this line on the ballot. I'm only slightly relieved that Portland's unique form of city government gives less power to mayors than other large cities. Though Portland seems more like a frontier town in dress-up as a city.
Grandmotherly concerns are also inflated by the energetic opposition by parents to vaccinations for their school age children. Worries my daughter a great deal too since she lives in a neighborhood filled with many moms and dads who hold these beliefs. It could be described as an alternative planet all by itself.