Thanks to the Port O Call for providing us some compare and contrast info from our neighbors to the north. So in case you're wondering what's up in Calgary, they've just voted to remove fluoride from their water. By a 10 to 3 vote of their elected aldermen. As in, by a very decisive majority. I think their Ward 7 alderman Druh Farrell sums it up simply and clearly:
"What this really boils down to for me is the question of ethics. Should we have a right to impose what many people see as a medication through the water supply that those same people also pay for?"
Well said! And given that the PDN has yet to print a single word about the efforts to fluoridate the entire county's water supply, I'd like to rephrase Farrell's question:
"What this really boils down to is a question of ethics. Should a newspaper have the right to knowingly censor the flow of vital information to the people of a community who financially support that newspaper?"
Or, to put it in the form of yet another question: Is it possible to file an ethics complaint against a newspaper? On less than vital issues, we get a steady flow of fluff. They have stories on things of no consequence. ("Breaking News: Scott Nagel STILL wants to buy the Lincoln Theater.") They have maybe stories about things that maybe might could happen in the future. ("Jeepers! The Port is trying to hoodwink another air carrier to come to Port Angeles.")
But elected officials talking about chemically altering the water supply for the entire population? Nothing to see folks, move along...
What this really boils down to is that any last little shred of journalistic credibility the PDN once may have had...Has boiled away.