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May 23, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

Dr. H.W. Lewis, an expert in risk assessment, had this to say about fluoridation in "Technological Risk"

"Fluorides represent just one example of a familiar situation in which the common good is ill served by the democratic process. The problem is exacerbated by the emergence of groups of persuasive people who specialize in technology bashing and exploitation of fear, make their living thereby, and have been embraced by large segments of the media as experts."

Several years ago I attended a meeting of the Lee County Board of Commis-sioners which was considering a proposal to fluoridate the water in some sections of Lee County. Three people testified in favor of the proposal, a childhood periodontist; Dr. Judith Hartner, director of the Lee County Health Department and me. We were followed by a large number of people, reading from the same script, long on emotion and short on facts, plus the inevitable hired gun.

His "expert" testimony was so ludicrous that he destroyed and credibility he may have had. The commission, which had done the home work suggested in a recent Eagle letter, passed the motion unanimously with no discussion.

Wayne Holbrook




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