Editor: They’re at it again. A Sacramento-based special interest group is the sole donor funding a campaign against “Truth & Transparency” in Healdsburg. The first contribution report for the 2016 election shows that the California Dental Association (CDA) donated a whopping $20,000 to oppose the grassroots yes on T campaign. Why is it so important for these lobbyists to keep our little burg in the dark when it comes to fluoridation safety? Perhaps a look at their mission statement will provide some insight: “The California Dental Association (CDA) is a community of dentists committed to enhancing the professional lives of our members.”
These Sacramento lobbyists are doing their best to block our ability to obtain important safety information regarding our drinking water. A yes vote on Measure T will simply require safety documentation for the fluoridation chemical. Let the special interests know – we would rather enhance the lives of our community members. Let’s verify fluoride safety. Vote yes on Measure T.
Editor: I just learned the Sonoma County Democratic Party endorses Healdsburg’s “yes on measure T.” Measure T puts a moratorium on water fluoridation until the city provides safety related evidence from the manufacturer that water fluoridated with its product is safe for everyone to drink. Back in 2014 dental professionals assured us that the fluoride chemical mix added to our water was safe and effective. But I felt manipulated when I discovered those reassuring, oversized mailers we received were designed and paid for by a single Sacramento special interest group’s $58,000 donation.
Now, two years later, a Healdsburg city staff report reveals: “The manufacturer or vendor cannot supply either a toxicological report or a written verification of the chemical’s safety for ingestion by all water consumers, once the chemical is properly introduced into the water supply.” (Page 162, 8/1/2016 city council agenda packet.) Not so reassuring after all. Healdsburg voters, brace yourselves. Given the fluoridation establishment’s tenacity and deep pockets we’re in for another barrage of slick advertising, this time to convince us that something they’re calling “standard testing” replaces toxicological reports and verification of safety. I’m tired of professional doublespeak instead of evidence. I’m voting yes on T — yes for truth and transparency concerning what is added to our tap water.
A Sonoma County judge spurned an attempt by the City of Healdsburg to alter the voter-approved language of Measure T.
Citing that fulfilling the requirement of obtaining safety documentation for the fluoridation chemical used in Healdsburg’s water would be impossible, the City attempted to change the wording of the ballot measure. Yes on T supporters filed suit, demanding that the ballot language match the language of the petition Healdsburg voters signed, and the courts agreed.
The judge ruled “The evidence demonstrates clearly and convincingly that the [City of Healdsburg’s] proposed ballot question is misleading, inaccurate, and biased, based, as it is, not on the actual wording and stated effect of the measure but on Respondent’s interpretation of what the measure may, in effect, cause. Petitioners’ proposed question, by contrast, tracks the actual language and stated effect of the measure.”
The wording for the ballot measure is: “Shall the City of Healdsburg institute a moratorium on water fluoridation in the city until such time as the manufacturer of the fluoridating chemical provides information regarding the identification of any contaminants in the fluoridating chemical batch, and a toxicological report and verification of safety for the fluoridating chemical?”
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