I was shocked and disappointed at the Wellington Village Council’s decision to remove fluoride from our water. I quietly listened during the hearing on Tuesday to all the arguments, and it was abundantly clear that the council members sided with the conspiracy theorists instead of the fact-based, highly educated professionals who dedicated their lives to the field of healthcare.
How they could not side with science and the Centers for Disease Controls (CDC) recommendations is extremely disturbing to me. The CDC described fluoridation as one of the 10 most important public health accomplishments of the 20th century. I could almost understand Vice Mayor Howard Coates defending his position believing people should not be forced to drink fluoride without their consent. I would argue that the benefits have proven to outweigh the risks. Councilmen Matt Willhite and John Greene’s argument was that there was not enough proof of the long-term effects.
Council members chose to agree with the local conspiracy theorists, refusing to listen to people who have dedicated their lives to the health of the general population. Instead, the council members questioned why these health professionals came from great distances to debate fluoridation in our village. Great distances include such foreign lands as Lake Worth.
To follow the twisted logic of the council, I suggest the Wellington Village Council adopt the following measures. Remove the Patriot Memorial. The 9/11 attack was a government conspiracy to draw the U.S. into a regional war with Afghanistan and Iraq. Pass a measure to stop immunizations of our children. We do not know the long-term effects of immunization. While we are at it, please stop the Wellington Wireless Network. People should not be subjected to radio waves hitting their bodies. And finally, please change the green lights to amber in our traffic signals. I read that green can cause cataracts.
Rich Schoenfeld, Wellington