Re "Alas, Davis politics trumps public health" (Editorials, Oct. 4): Kudos to Davis City Council for their courageous and pivotal decision not to fluoridate Davis' water! They not only refused to be swayed by the hyped and exaggerated fluoride proponents' claims that fluoride (a toxic waste byproduct of phosphate fertilizer and aluminum industries) is somehow "safe and effective," but instead acted morally and supported Davis residents' appeals to avoid mass medication and respect their rights for "good, clean water" - that is free from fluoride.
Sacramento could learn from both Davis and Portland's resolute determination to keep fluoride out of public water. Yes, having the power does not equate to having the right to harm the public, and Davis council members made the principled decision to protect Davis residents.
It's time the Sacramento City Council also refuse to succumb to dental lobby pressure and take the high road by championing the rights of Sacramentans for fluoride-free water.
-- Kim Glazzard, Sacramento