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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

Hoen Avenue traffic

EDITOR: That strip of land once planned for Highway 12 should be paved for vehicle traffic to take some of the stress off of Hoen Avenue in Santa Rosa. That seems obvious to me.

Build a sound wall on each side and two lanes ending at Summerfield Road. No houses would be facing this new road, as they are not facing it now, and traffic would be reduced on Hoen, possibly saving lives and increasing property values there. Currently, the traffic on Hoen is awful, at best.

Using the land exclusively for bike travel would require an inordinate amount of capital outlay with no real benefit to the general population. A landscaped bicycle/pedestrian path would be a haven for muggers, not to mention the homeless. It probably would be best left as is. It's surprising that it isn't a vineyard by now.

JEFF BOYD

Santa Rosa

Ask the public

EDITOR: I was shocked and disgusted when I learned that the Sonoma County supervisors are spending money studying how to implement water fluoridation. That seems to be putting the cart before the horse. Why don't they find out if residents want fluoridation before taking this step?

There is overwhelming evidence that fluoride is a toxin with deleterious effects ranging from dental fluorosis to brain damage to brittle bones to arthritis. Fluoride taken orally hardly has time to affect teeth, and we ingest the major percentage of it. In addition, up to 90 percent of the fluoride in the water simply goes down the drain — and into our environment.

Some developed countries have ceased water fluoridation. There are apparently no benefits derived from putting fluoride in the drinking water, because studies have now shown that tooth decay isn't halted by this practice. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated fluoride as a hazardous toxic waste. But it looks the other way when we dump this toxic waste into our water supply.


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