To The Editor:
The city of Ogdensburg needs to end the practice of endangering the welfare of children to save their teeth. That practice is adding fluoride to the drinking water.
On a tube of toothpaste with fluoride, it says to not swallow, and contact a poison control center if swallowed, with a special warning for young children. But this is what you get when the majority of the City Council does not want to investigate a policy to see its effects on residents. Remember, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
In the village of Massenas water quality reports, it lists as the source of fluoride, which are natural sources, fertilizer and runoff from aluminum plants which collected. This is the same stuff packaged and sold to the village of Massena and other municipalities around the country to save the residents teeth. The Ogdensburg water quality report does not even mention the pollution from aluminum plants as a source of fluoride because they do not know.
There were dairy farms near the Alcoa plant in Massena, and Alcoa bought them out because the fluoride from the plant was causing the animals to lose their teeth due to fluorosis. The village of Canton wisely took fluoride out of its water supply in 2003.
Some elected servants (lawmakers) around the country and county know the dangers of fluoride in the water, but they need help to become a majority to remove fluoride from the drinking water. Putting fluoride in the drinking water by municipalities anywhere does not change a poison to something healthy.
For more information go to www.fluoridealert.org.