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Proponents of fluoridation may have to straighten up

Published Oct. 16, 2005

Editor: I wholeheartedly agree with syndicated columnist James J. Kilpatrick's article Fluoridation: The Issue is Freedom. Fluoridation of our drinking water is mass medication. In the bay area, Tampa City Council decided we should all have fluoride in our drinking water.

Now, perhaps with the issue being re-evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency, as revealed by Mr. Kirkpatrick's column, the proponents of fluoridation may have to clean up their act. The politically popular fluoridation bandwagon may be heading toward derailment.

Emile Zola said, "If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way."

Margaret Fuhro


Official killing political career

Editor: Crosstown hearing draws The worried (Tampa edition, Feb. 2), was a misnomer for a headline. It should have read "Crybabies converge on Gov. Martinez." The trip was the most ridiculous undertaking I have ever heard of.

I now challenge County Commissioner Jim Selvey to journey to Tallahassee with every representative of proponent groups of the many proposed routes of the crosstown extension through Brandon.

While Martinez might not welcome the sight of more of the squabblers, Selvey owes it to his constituency not to take sides.

This was the greatest stupidity a commissioner could undertake. It borders on political suicide. Or was the carrot maybe too good to refuse?

Dorothy S. Patrick