Re: City council owes it to Calgary’s children to return fluoride to our water, Opinion, Dec. 26
Catherine Ford’s fluoride article has done Calgarians a service. City councillors should know that if children suffer because they willingly ignore medical advice or abdicate responsibility, their prospects at the ballot box will suffer.
As Calgarians endure a three-pronged crisis of economic recession, COVID-19 infection, and declining mental health, they can scarcely afford the burden of dental decay. Think of socially deprived children and the elderly in long-term care facilities in preventable pain. City councillors have the jurisdiction and the means to prevent some of that pain by reinstating fluoridation, at the fire-sale price of $1 for every $43 Calgarians would save.
If City councillors fail to prevent harm, heed medical advice, and honour the democratic mandate for fluoridation in two plebiscites, Calgarians should give them the boot in 2021.
Noah Cooke, Calgary
*Original letter online at https://calgaryherald.com/opinion/letters/your-letters-for-jan-2-2
Dec 30: Global News: Future of fluoride in Calgary remains up in the air in 2021
Dec 29 Letter: Money down the drain by Theo van Besouw