For months, a group of residents called “Duxbury Fluoride Choice” have been advocating for just that, choice. Monday night during the 2nd session of Annual Town Meeting, they asked voters to consider allowing Duxbury Selectmen to petition the state legislature in order to put a question on next year’s ballot: should Duxbury continue to add fluoride to the town’s public water supply?
Some residents said they’re skeptical about the fluoridation process and where the chemical is coming from. “It’s common sense to be concerned about the sodium fluoride that comes from a chemical manufacturing plant in China. Like we discussed, [it] is only tested in China and then comes here to the United States, gets redistributed to 16 towns and we just dump it in our water,” said one Duxbury woman
But two local dentists spoke in favor of fluoridation including Dr. Peter Wiemeyer, “I’ve practiced dentistry in Duxbury for 40 years. I can assure you fluoridation works. The dental health of the typical Duxbury citizen, regardless of the age or financial status, is much better now than it was 40 years ago; I attribute a lot of that to fluoridation in our water supply the last 28 years.”
After an hour long discussion, Duxbury residents voted against the article which means no change in the fluoridation of Duxbury’s public water supply.
Also during town meeting, a solar array agreement was discussed and voted on…