Fluoridation in our water supply is a controversial topic and has been over the past several decades. There are those who feel the fluoride put into our water through federal mandates is good for our teeth and prevents cavities. There are others, however, that feel it is not only an intrusion to our freedoms to chose what is in our water, but that it is a toxic chemical whose undocumented affects could cause anything from cancer to ADHD.
Daniel Johnson, who was born and raised in Logan County, is an advocate for clean, pure drinking water. He believes fluoridation to be unnecessary and dangerous. Johnson spoke to the Logan County Fiscal Court on Sept. 8 asking magistrates to vote to have fluoride taken out of the water supply in the county.
“Our government has been putting chemicals in our drinking water supply without our permission since the 1930s,” said Johnson, speaking about fluoride. “The Fluoride in our water is industrial waste, most likely brought in from China. It is unethical and unnecessary. They’re excuse is to protect our teeth from cavities. Well if you want to protect your teeth then brush them. We don’t need this in our water.”
Johnson said he had been working with the Warren County Water District, and is hopeful they will become the first in Kentucky to vote to take fluoride out of the water.
“I don’t blame the water companies,” said Johnson. “They are doing what they are being told by the state and federal governments. They are mandated to to this. The only way to get it out of your water supply is to vote it out.”
Johnson further stated for people not to take his work for it and to go and inform themselves on the issue.
After Johnson informed the fiscal court on his views and opinions about fluoridation in the water supply, judge executive Logan Chick suggested Johnson attend a meeting of the Logan Todd Regional Water Commission and explain his viewpoints to them.
“We are a little different then Warren County,” said judge Chick. “They are pretty much in charge of their own water. Logan County is a piece of a much larger picture. We are just one entity in the Logan Todd Regional Water Commission. There are several more entities involved here. I don’t think Logan County can go out on its own and vote to have fluoride taken out.”
Johnson asked when the next meeting was of the commission, saying he would most definitely go and tell them his feelings.
Johnson asked to be placed on a future agenda of the Logan County Fiscal Court to continue his efforts of removing fluoride form his hometown water supply.
Magistrate Thomas Bouldin thanked Johnson for coming to the court meeting and informing them on the issues of fluoridation.
“I tend to agree with you on the fluoride,” said Bouldin. “There seems to be more cons than pros to having it in our water. I paid money to have it removed out of my water. I try my best not to drink it. This gives us and everyone a chance to think about this. I appreciate you coming and informing us.”
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