I am most upset at the [alleged assault of Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell]. I have issues with Cr Dowell over the way she has handled the fluoride issue and the North Lismore Plateau development, but totally abhor this angry outburst which has besmirched the integrity and sincerity of those residents who oppose the fluoridation of our water supply.
The person who did this should be ashamed of herself and I as one who has been at the forefront opposing the fluoridation do not in anyway support such action of senseless violence and abuse,
I know it has been very difficult for many of us who wish to have the issue properly debated and be allowed some sort of say to see fluoridation stopped such as a plebiscite to feel totally disempowered, even so violence and abuse cannot be condoned,
Mayor Dowell was elected and given great support at the last council ballot and no matter the criticism I and others have had in her approach to the fluoride issue her personal safety and citizen right to freely go about her business without the fear of a violent attack is sacrosanct in a democratic society,
To this I wish to convey my sincerest wishes for her well being and to assure her that the many people who oppose the fluoridation policy she has adopted do not in anyway wish her any harm and I believe that we should not let this one incident misdirect the debate away from the main issue.
The many years I have been an advocate on environmental and social justice issues i have always encouraged vigorous debate, non violent direct action ( if necessary) or the utilisation of the legal system to make the point, if these break down only leads us down the road of totalitarianism.
To Jenny, as I say, I know we have our many strong differences of opinion and are opposed on some very key issues, you still have my respect as a person and your position as the elected mayor of our city of Lismore.
To the community we should not be suckered into allowing this one incident to take away our integrity and reasonableness in the position held of the dangers to the health and environment that fluoridation may cause.
Al Oshlack, Lismore