Portland, Oregon-----Friday, March 15, 2013
Good news, Oregon Progressive Party passed a resolution that supports "No Fluoride" in our clear wonderful drinking water. The motion was passed last Tuesday March 12, 2013. We are concerned how the City Council passed this motion before any public testimony was given. Three of the members of Portland City Council had made statements that supported adding "Hydrofluosilicic Acid" before the first person spoke for or against this ordinance. This may or may not be legal but it is surely bad policy. Many of us fought to get the issue on the 2014 ballot and we did get over 40,000 people to sign a petition and were excited to hear we had more than enough signatures to qualify for the general election. We were angry when Mayor Adams and Commissioner Leonard led another motion to move the vote to a special election this coming May. We saw this as a slap in the face of those volunteers who worked so hard to allow the people of Portland to vote on this important issue. We, who oppose adding this toxic waste to our drinking water, wanted the people of Portland to have enough time to debate this issue and make the best possible decision. By moving up the vote by a full year, the council, with the exception of Commission Fritz (who voted no on moving up the election), deprives us of any real debate. Money may decide this election unless you say NO. Many well known organizations have come out in support of this action to add fluoride to our drinking water, but recent studies and questions of controlling the safe level have caused members of the same organizations to oppose their agencies. Union scientists at the EPA have come out against adding any medication to our drinking water. This is the asbestos, PCBs, (Polychlorinated Biphenyl) smoking hazards all over again.
As a member of the Oregon Progressive Party I applaud our actions and hope members who support adding chemicals to our drinking water do their own research and not just accept what the government is telling you. This is important stuff and should not be ordered by five people that will affect the life of over 900,000. Let us fight with all our might to stop this madness.