How did Xpress readers process all the local news and changes this year? Here’s a look at the topics that generated the most commentaries, letters to the editor and online comments in Xpress in 2019.
“If you want to use fluoride on your teeth, you have that right. But the city of Asheville has no right to force its residents to ingest and swallow a known neurotoxin that is on the same short list with lead and mercury for its neurotoxic effect on humans.”
“Regarding Asheville’s decision to fluoridate our city water, I would like to suggest to Mayor [Esther] Manheimer she act on the side of caution immediately.”
“Water fluoridation has always been a matter of ‘tobacco science,’ meaning that the real science to support the practice was never there to begin with.”
“Since it can be shown that fluoride is ineffective and harmful to our health, a case can be made to discontinue putting it in.”
The addition of fluoride to municipal drinking water supplies has been a controversial topic for many years, with opponents asserting that fluoridation carries health risks that outweigh any benefits. The Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council has taken a stand on the issue.