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Monday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Fluoride debate</b>

EDITOR: How many people in Sonoma County are aware that the Department of Health Services has recommended that our tap water have fluoride added to it? How many know that the Board of Supervisors will be voting on this recommendation this coming March?

I recently learned about this by attending a debate by two dentists who oppose the idea. The two who favored it didn't show up.

I came to see that this is a controversial topic. Many health professionals say this will improve our children's dental health. Many others say that fluoride is a neurotoxin that can cause kidney, brain and endocrine damage.

Ninety-seven percent of European countries have rejected its use in their water.

When something is so uncertain, why should we be mandated to drink it every day? Why can we not be given the choice by a vote and be able to decide with our doctors whether we wish to prescribe it to our children? These are questions I hope everyone will be asking themselves and our Board of Supervisors.

HALLY DeCARION

Santa Rosa

<b>A fair exchange</b>

EDITOR: The Democrats, who hold a majority in the Senate, ought to negotiate with the radical tea party fraction of the Republican Party in the House. An agreement could be reached not to fund the Affordable Care Act (even though it was an expression of the will of the people as evidenced by the election of President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, passed by the Congress and ratified by the U.S. Supreme Court) in exchange for greater gun control, fair immigration legislation, the re-institution of women's rights, particularly in some of the Southern states, a prohibition against gerrymandering political districts and passing legislation to re-instate the Voting Rights Act provision struck down by the gang of pro-corporate politicians in black robes who now sit on the Supreme Court.


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