Is it right to force “medicate” the public?

In a message dated 2/25/2014 12:26:25 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:
To the Port Orange City Council,
I’m a Port Orange resident and I do not want Fluoride added to my drinking water.  You are administering an uncontrolled dose of a toxic substance. And worse, you are denying our citizens the right to opt out of this forced “medication”.
In order to make a responsible decision on this matter, please do the following:  Find the person who adds the chemical to the water.  Ask this person what kinds of precautionary measures he or she must take to prevent exposure to the chemical.  Read the warning label on the chemical.    Find out where the chemical comes from and how it is made.
If you are diligent enough, you will find out that hydrofluorosilicic acid is a byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry.  This is just one of many other toxins which are released during the process of phosphate extraction.  Lead, arsenic, and mercury are others.  In the past, these pollutants were released into the environment, but now due to environmental regulations, they must be captured and stored.
“If this stuff (hydrofluorosilicic acid) gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right straight into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing.”    – Dr. J. William Hirzy (2000) Senior Chemist at the U.S. EPA Headquarters
As our local government, your primary duty should be to protect the rights of our citizens.  If you held a public vote and ninety percent of people wanted ‘Fluoride’, you would still be violating the rights of the other ten by not providing a way to opt out.  This is not a matter of science.  It is a matter of morality.  Is it right to force “medicate” the public?
Even if you believe in the amazing health benefits of drinking fluoridated water, why would you choose this one thing to offer for “free” to everyone in the city?  If you are concerned with public health, instead of free chemicals, wouldn’t a free vegetable program be much more beneficial?
Even if you are somehow contractually obligated to purchase the chemicals, I have two possible solutions for you:

  • 1.  Stop mass fluoridation of the water supply and pass out individual doses.  Let citizens add it to their own water.
  • 2.  Allow concerned citizens to opt out of the fluoridation by reimbursing them for water filtration systems to remove the toxins that were purchased with their tax dollars and added to their water without their consent.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  Please stop the fluoride.
Mark Hilley

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