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County to Put Fluoride Back in Drinking Water

Newly-elected "pro-fluoride" commissioners Janet Long and Charlie Justice attended their first Pinellas County Commission meeting last week, where commissioners unanimously decided they'll vote Tuesday to put fluoride back into the c

Fluoride appears to be making a comeback in Pinellas County, now that the commissioners who voted to remove it about a year ago have themselves been voted out of office.

Newly-elected "pro-fluoride" commissioners Janet Long and Charlie Justice attended their first county commission meeting Nov. 20, where commissioners unanimously decided to put fluoride back into the county's drinking water, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"When we come back here after Thanksgiving, we are prepared to take that vote and flip that switch," said Long.

The Times reports that commissioners John Morroni and Norm Roche, who opposed fluoride last year, have changed their minds and will vote to put it back in the drinking water.

The Pinellas County Commission plans to vote on the matter during its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Water from the City of St. Petersburg Public Utilities does contain fluoride. According to the city's website, "the City of St. Petersburg began fluoridation of its water supply in 1993. Fluoride has been shown to help prevent tooth decay, especially in children.

Do you think fluoride should be put back in Pinellas County's drinking water? 

Peter J Dunlay November 27, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Maybe you're not so far off, Linda Bray. These two points are facts and can be verified, even through Government websites. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals used to fluoridate the water that more than 180 million people drink each day are not pharmaceutical grade, but rather hazardous waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry; it is illegal to dump these into rivers and lakes or release the parent gases into the atmosphere. What a "great" idea: The stuff's so bad it's against the Law to dump it into rivers and lakes. Let's dump it in the water supply. We'll pay some Scientists to give half-truths in support of what "we" want and we'll donate to Politicians who'll do what we want. Children, BRUSH YOUR TEETH AT LEAST TWICE DAILY!
S. Ripley November 27, 2012 at 06:50 PM
If I were you, I’d do a little research on Mercola before using that an objective source to support your position. But then again: it is human nature to gravitate towards those sources which align with our beliefs. On the toxicity front: nearly every compound is toxic in the right concentration, even table salt. In fact, there some are instances where the nature occurrence of fluoride appears in higher concentrations than in fluoridated water. If your intent is to support you position with a chemistry argument, you are in for swift and certain defeat. OK – I’m done now. My limit is three posts per day. Gonna go rinse with some fluoridated water.
Lisa Cunningham December 07, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Do your research. No study here or around the world has shown harmful effects from fluoride. It helps children and adults in the small amounts which have been added to the U.S. public drinking supply since 1945. That was in Michigan.
Lisa Cunningham December 07, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Thanks for pointing out the scientific research on this. Thank God we voted out the two moron county commissioners who fell for the scare tactics. My teeth still need it. Adults and kids alike benefit.
Lisa Cunningham December 07, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Putting fluoride in the water only costs Pinellas County $17,000 per year. To save my teeth and the kids' teeth, it's a lot better investment than other things government wastes its money on.

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