To the editor:
I would like to again state the position of the board of the Greater Pine Island Water Association and the reasoning behind our carefully considered decision to apply for and accept a grant to fluoridate the water on Pine Island.
The board believes that fluoride as a nutrient reduces tooth decay, and wants our membership to enjoy the same benefits that the approximately 560,000 people in the surrounding neighborhoods of unincorporated Lee County, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, and the city of Cape Coral do, the 273 other Florida water systems do, and the other 179 million people in the US do, including the residents of 42 of the 50 biggest US cities.
When weighed collectively, the endorsements from the EPA, the Center for Disease Control (who has proclaimed fluoride to be "One of the Top Ten Great Public Health Achievements of the 20th century), the American Dental Association, the US Public Health Service, the Florida Department of Health, the World Health Organization, the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Kidney Foundation. The list goes on and on and actually over 100 distinguished and recognizable groups could be listed here These were deemed more credible than any of the negative sources found.
I would recommend that you visit the website for the US Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/ for more information.
Mike Faulkner, President
Greater Pine Island Water Association, Inc.