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2/12 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Jaffer best choice for commissioner*Volunteers made 'Connect' happen*Take fluoride out of water supply

February 11, 2014

Jaffer best choice

for commissioner

I would like to invite others to join me in supporting Danny Jaffer for Polk County Commissioner.

Danny's leadership during his stellar military career and his legal education make him the stronger candidate.

I oppose Craig Pope. Perhaps the reason Mr. Pope is often absent from his office is he is way too busy with so many outside committees.

We need leadership in the county commissioner’s office. Danny Jaffer is that person.

Mike Henich

Independence

Volunteers made

‘Connect’ happen

The Polk Community Connect took place in Dallas on Jan. 29 and served more than 250 men, women and children with access to direct services and community resources. Guests were able to access dental services, health screenings, clothing, pet care, haircuts, free meals and valuable community resource information.

The planning committee would like to thank the following groups and organizations for their support: Living Hope City Church for hosting the event; James2 Community Kitchen for preparing and serving the food; Marion-Polk Food Share for providing the food; Cherriotts Salem-Keizer Transit for providing free bus rides to and from the event; local churches and faith communities who helped support the event; all of the 120-plus volunteers for serving guests at the event and the 40-plus service agencies for providing resource information and direct services.

Thank you to everyone who was involved and helped provide hope and opportunity to individuals and families in the community.

Michelle Bornfleth

Dallas

Take fluoride out

of water supply

Fluoride was initially added to our water to reduce cavities; however, this is really just propaganda. Fluoride is a toxic waste, a poison, a significant toxin.

The general public may not know that fluoride can injure the nervous system and even cause cancer and bone disease, like osteoporosis.

It is no longer just in your water, it is in your food, juices, greens, nuts and berries, beans and other things in enormous amounts.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that spraying fluoride on our food should be stopped. The chemical company lobbyists went to Congress. They put in the Farm Bill that just passed that the company can continue to spray our food anyway.

The CDC, after studying this issue, said this should stop because 41 percent of our kids 12 to 15 years old have dental fluorosis, which leaves the teeth brown, mottled, weakens enamel and destroys teeth.

Because we are getting such large amounts, it is also linked to behavior problems, thyroid suppression, male infertility and impotence. It is very toxic to the brain, can include problems with reading and writing, lowers IQ, makes people docile, and is linked to Alzheimer’s. These are just some of the problems. See the article from The Fluoride Action Network, Jan. 29, 2014, on Sulfuryl Fluoride.

There is no reason that the whole population should be “force medicated against their will” when one can get dental fluoride treatments in toothpaste and mouthwash.

The Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters’ union of scientists opposes fluoridation.

Putting this fluoride toxin in our water is costly; that money could be better spent on something good for our community. Our politicians need to be good stewards with our tax money and with the public’s health.

Rose Dorn

Monmouth

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