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Just make nine pure please …

August 8, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

Having attended several meetings of the Pine Island Water Board to try to make a point about the moral issue regarding the addition of fluoride to our water supply, I still have not heard or read a single word of rebuttal from any member of our Water Board to my argument that they have no moral or legal right.

The point is this, under what law can our Water Board decide to add an admitted drug to our water supply? I do not care if the board thinks it's good for our teeth. I do not care if it's just a little bit, or how many parts per million. I don't care if someone else is doing it or where or how long. I just care about the moral and legal issue of who gets to decide to prescribe and deliver any drug in our water supply.

Do not get lost in the definition of drug, I looked it up: 1) a substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease 2) a substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body. Calling this drug a "mineral" just tries to add lipstick to the pig. It does not make our water more pure, it's a drug meant to make our teeth better.

Should we allow our Water Board to add any drug they see fit? Should we stand by while our board decides we should have no say about what's in our water? Are we sheep that do not care that our Water Board has granted themselves a sweeping and potentially dangerous new power?

By now, our Water Board should recognize that some people of good will do not think this is a good idea. I worry that this sets a precedent, one which could have unintended consequences down the road. This should, at the very least, be put to a vote of the membership, and I don't mean in the summer when no one's paying attention. In the meantime, caution is a smarter course and delaying the introduction of anything that doesn't make our water purer is the only sensible choice.

Stand up for yourselves! Or go back to trimming the lawn with your stronger new teeth.

Frank Schooley




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