The Fluoride Debate, Take Two: Opponents Decry Pouring a Harmful Chemical into the Water


In this clip from our endorsement interview, the two sides debating the city's fluoride vote, over Measure 26-151 on the May 21 ballot, heat things up. Rick North of the opposition campaign Clean Water Portland puts a question to representatives of the pro-fluoride campaign, Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, about the risks of adding fluoride to drinking water. The participants are, from far left to ...   More
Thursday, May 2, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Chew on This

Sure, we’re about to vote on fluoride, but also on issues about kids and open spaces. Here are WW’s endorsements for the May 21 ballot.

Many election battles vow an eye for an eye. But this spring’s fight is something even fiercer: a tooth for a tooth. This off-year election—held in a season when voters might be understandably   More
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 WW Staff

The Fluoride Debate, Take One: The Sides Battle for WW's Endorsements


WW hosted the pro- and anti-fluoride campaigns in our offices last week as part of our endorsement interview ritual. And the two campaigns—which for months have been antagonistic and unpleasant toward each other—lived up to expectations during the meeting. We could have sold tickets.Instead, we offer some video snippets of the endorsement interview. The full video will be available when WW makes ...   More
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

State Data Raise Questions About Fluoride's Impact, KATU Reports

In the growing debate about fluoridating Portland's drinking water, one news agency has dug out data the state of Oregon didn't want to release, and the reporting raises questions about the overall effectiveness of adding fluoride in Portland.KATU Channel 2 pressed the state Oregon Health Authority for weeks to release data from its 2012 Smile Survey, a review of dental health involving thousands of ...   More
Monday, April 29, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Anti-Fluoride March draws big crowd at Last Thursday


Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland may have more cash in the war chest, but the anti-fluoride folks are trying to put more boots on the ground. Advocates for Clean Water Portland, the “no” vote in the measure to fluoridate the city’s water supply, held a raucous march down Northeast Alberta Street during Last Thursday. Revelers walked, biked, skated and danced the twelve blocks to a vacant ...   More
Friday, April 26, 2013 by Matt Kauffman

Anti-Fluoride Campaign's Kansas Influence Grows


A Kansas man who helped defeat fluoridation in Wichita, Kan., last year has turned his attention to Portland.Although Clean Water Portland, which opposes Measure 26-151, which would fluoridate Portland's water, has slipped well behind the pro-fluoride campaign, Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland in the money race, the "no" campaign is attracting healthy contributions from out-of-state fluoride foes. Over ...   More
Monday, April 22, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland NAACP Opposes Fluoridation


 The Portland branch of the NAACP has voted to oppose fluoridating Portland's water supply.“Children growing up in communities of color already face risks from many different environmental chemicals," NAACP political chair Cheryl Carter said in a statement this afternoon, "and they do not need more chemicals added to their drinking water.”Portland Branch 1120 of the NAACP made its endorsement ...   More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 AARON MESH

Big Haul For Anti-Fluoride Campaign


Clean Water Portland, the political action committee opposing Measure 26-151, which would fluoridate Portland's water, had a profitable last few days.  Clean Water reported $10,000 from the Deutsch Family Trust of Santa Monica, Calif.; $6,000 from the Kansas Taxpayers Network, Inc.; $5,000 from Healthy Pets Northwest Alberta, Inc.; and $4,000 from Roger Burt of Portland. Those checks and ...   More
Monday, April 15, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss

Pro-Fluoride Campaign Collects Huge Check


The campaigns jousting over Measure 26-151, which would authorize the city of Portland to add fluoride to its drinking water, are increasing their activity. Yesterday, Health Kids, Healthy Portland, the pro-fluoride campaign, reported a $50,000 contribution from CareOregon, a Portland outfit that serves Medicare and Medicaid patients. Clean Water Portland, the anti-fluoridation committee, reported ...   More
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss

Anti-Fluoride Campaign Reels in its Biggest Check Yet

As the calendar moves toward a sleepy May 21 election date, money is barely trickling into school board campaigns. Metro's operating levy for its green spaces has raised $70,000 so far and has no organized opposition.  Most of the noise, at least online, is coming from the bitter argument about Portland's plan to fluoridate its water. Until recently, the anti-fluoride forces possessed more ...   More
Thursday, March 21, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS


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