23.5 C
Byron Shire
March 3, 2021

Fluoride: democracy in action

Latest News

Soli becalmed in NSW Pro surf series

Local surfer Soli Bailey has finished in second place at the Mad Mex Maroubra Pro World Surf League Qualifying Series event held at Sydney’s Maroubra beach last weekend.

Other News

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

So you think you’d like to run for Council?

Residents considering running for Tweed Council can attend briefing sessions to find out about being a councillor ahead of local government elections.

Editorial – Ewingsdale development creep rejected by residents

A petition of 294 signatures against rezoning Ewingsdale farmland to commercial use will be presented to councillors for their upcoming Thursday meeting.

Constitutional referendum/poll for LG elections for Byron Shire?

Is the wards fight back again? Byron Shire Council staff have advised, in the upcoming agenda, that ‘Council may conduct a Constitutional referendum or poll in conjunction with the Local Government Election, to be held in September 2021’.

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our...

Rail trail

Peter Finch, East Lismore At last someone else has put their hand up to question the fluffery and misinformation surrounding...

Rohan Stewart, Rosebank

I feel compelled to respond to Vince Keane’s rather passionate stance regarding Lismore City Council’s recent decision to overturn moves to fluoridate Lismore’s water supply.

To put it into context, the vote was narrowly won to stop fluoridation, there were many members of the public who showed up, and it wasn’t without impassioned debate on the night.

This is democracy in action and I think this is fabulous and healthy. Far from being the ‘idiot fringe’, these are people who feel strongly, are forming their own opinions and are thinking about the issues.

So, I must declare that I am one of the ‘idiot fringe’ too. I am not convinced that fluoridating the public water supply is in the best interests of public health.

So we have a difference of opinion. Let’s have a constructive debate, Vince, rather than demonising and vilifying an opposing opinion.

I have researched the topic a little and have come to my own conclusions, and I am also open to being convinced otherwise; however, I find your approach to people who may hold another opinion on this important issue anything but reasoned, logical and respectful – quite the opposite.

You argue that those who don’t want fluoride in their water should buy a tank and, in your eyes, ‘expose their own children to dental disease’. Well, funny as it may seem, I actually see it as the other way around.

Water is a basic need for us all, it doesn’t fall from the sky fluoridated; so as far as I see it, if you wish to have your water fluoridated then that is your choice but it isn’t mine, and I don’t wish to have my water contaminated with any chemical without a very clear and evidence-based benefit.

Otherwise for me it is the precautionary principle. As far as I can see, based on the evidence I have seen, water fluoridation hasn’t proven itself conclusively.

Your understanding of the science forms your belief, and likewise, my understanding of the science informs my views.

There is plenty of science out there that I have been reading that says that fluoridation, as it is currently practised, is toxic and unnecessary.

However, I also sense this debate is not really a winnable one. A bit like vaccinations and abortions; ultimately it is a difference of world views.

So let us respect our differences, even celebrate them. Let’s not vilify another because we hold differences of opinion, or worse still force our views upon another section of the population because we are so sure we are ‘right’. That is dangerous and is happening all too frequently in our society.

In the meantime, Vince, you use your fluoride toothpaste, and I will use my herbal one and we will happily coexist, but do we really need to force everyone to drink the stuff?

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Shores United win local derby in season opener

Shores United FC began their season in the Anzac Cup B football competition with a 3-1 win over local rivals the Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC last Sunday.

Ballina Dragon Boaters win world championships

Shelley Cornish from Tintenbar has won two gold medals in the world indoor rowing championships as well as a world record time, while husband Paul Hurley chimed in with a silver medal.

Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021