BY DONNA WESTFALL
In a vote of 524 to 402, Measure A passed!
Fluoride containing hydrofluosilicic acid will no longer be added to Crescent City water. The moratorium should be put into place barring any unforeseen complications.
Acknowledgement goes to Jesse Salisbury for bringing the hazards of fluoride to the city councils attention so many years ago. For the most part, he was ignored until he approached me. Following Jesse, Katherine Kelly, 9 year resident of the city suffering from a thyroid disease, also approached me on the council. Together we took on the seemingly daunting task of educating a public too long seeped in propaganda, lies and rhetoric. Katherine Kelly bravely authored the first initiative in 2010 which was defeated by 137 votes. She gave it another try this year and was successful in getting it to the ballot. Her grandson, Daniel Kelly, got involved in civic affairs as soon as he turned 18 and learned first hand how the initiative process works by collecting signatures for the initiative.
County residents: Connie Morrison, Janice Wilson, Eileen Cooper, and Jackie Simonsen led the charge by attending rally’s at the Del Norte County School Administration building and other sites. Janice Wilson’s photo’s appeared in this publication. Thanks to all the people who participated in attending the rally’s and wearing “Get the F out, Fluoride is a poison” t-shirts. City residents Ralph Stuart and his kids attended the Joe Hamilton lunch. Rob Tolman and his kids attended the County Rally. Correctional officers and their families and friends were participants and supporters.
Thanks also go to Dr. Paul Connett, Executive Director from the Fluoride Action Network who has unceasingly traveled around the world to bring the hazards of adding this toxic industrial waste product to the public’s attention and their respective governments. His organization was always helpful and supportive in our fight.
Thanks to to Aliss Terpstra, a fluoride poisoning survivor and part of a world-wide group tackling the issue city by city, country by country. (See article dated November 6, 2012 in this publication titled “Water Fluoridation Divisive in Communities for Decades.”)
Thanks go to Attorney James Robert Deal, out of Washington State who is continuing the battle for safe water in Everett, Washington. He has to contend with a city council that walks out on their constituents during council meetings instead of listening.
It was not surprising that the Democratic Party supported opposition to Measure A since the Democrats pushed fluoride through the legislature initially. It was very heartening to learn that the local Republican Party, First 5, Del Norte County School Board and the Board of Supervisors remained neutral this go around in contrast to their support two years ago.
Roger Gitlin, in his candidacy for Supervisor 1st District, was the first candidate in a surprise announcement to endorse Measure A at the Triplicate candidates forum. We send our good wishes and congratulations in his win for the seat. Dennis Sutton, in his candidacy for city council, also endorsed Measure A.
While my own bid for re-election to the city council failed, I felt that the time invested in Measure A was far more important since it affected the health of every man, woman, child, pets, plants and aquatic life in our area.
I hope that Kathryn Murray, Ron Gastineau and Rick Holley, the top 3 vote geters for city council, will foster in a new attitude at the city council. Instead of just rubber stamping staff recommendations, I would hope they stay open minded to their public and ask the hard questions. I can only hope.