Letters to the Editor: Nov. 6

Mayor's response to Tuesday Nov. 4 letter; Fluoride referendum

Mayor’s response

Wrong on both issues Mr. Wavercan (Letter to the Editor, Tuesday, Nov. 4).

While some initial work was done by your Council in 2011, the Downtown Revitalization Tax Relief Bylaw was approved (adopted) on  May 7, 2012,  by this Mayor and Council. If you look at my campaign brochure from September of 2011 you will see that downtown revitalization was (and still is) a priority for me.

You are one election out on my criticism of the City’s wastewater spray irrigation operation. In the 2008 election I was very concerned about how we were operating that site, as was the Province’s Environmental Appeal Board who said “Cranbrook had been thumbing its nose at the regulators.” By the 2011 election Mayor Manjak and the Council that you sat on had invested millions of taxpayers dollars to correct the problem and I had only comparatively minor concerns that this Council has largely addressed over the last three years.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities requests the presence of the Mayor from the city receiving their awards. City Engineer Jamie Hodge accompanied me to the award ceremony in 2012 and I immediately presented the award to Mr. Hodge. What I said at the Mayor’s forum at Key City was that the City had an award winning system.

We agree about one thing from your letter Jim — facts are important…!

Mayor Wayne Stetski/Cranbrook

Fluoride vote

I would like to offer my appreciation for the way the City of Cranbrook has presented a balanced view of artificial water fluoridation on its website, including providing links to both pro and anti-fluoridation websites. This is a rare occurrence, though things are changing. As you may know, over 30 Canadian communities have stopped fluoridating their drinking water in the last four years alone. This is what happens when the public is adequately informed of the facts.

Government health agencies, dental associations, the Centers for Disease Control and other such organizations have the weight of professional opinion (which is widely respected), but little else. When there is the political and scientific will to investigate the facts, the answer is clear. There is a preponderance of evidence showing that ingested fluoride, even at the recommended “safe” concentration causes numerous long-term health effects.

Our city, Lethbridge, Alberta, has fluoridated its drinking water for the last 40 years. However, we are confident this is about to change. As a catalyst to change, we have issued a rigorous scientific rebuttal that proves the incompetence and deception of Alberta Health Services in their promotion of artificial water fluoridation.

It is the right of each individual to determine what medications enter into his/her body. What doctor can prescribe a drug without the informed consent of the patient? Is artificial water fluoridation any different? Indeed, it’s worse because: 1) it’s a known toxic waste (hydrofluorosilicic acid), 2) there is no regard for dosage, and 3) there are far less harmful methods of delivering fluoride for those who want it.

With the hope that the people of Cranbrook will choose wisely on this important issue on Nov. 15, for the health of all its citizens.

Sean Fife/Lethbridge, Alberta

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