The Citizens for Healthy Teeth PAC has raised $3,500 in campaign contributions to persuade voters to put hydrofluorosilicic acid back into your water supply. Add these dollars to the $8,000 that Philomath residents will pay to hold a rushed election in March, and some serious money begins accumulating.

Consider further the annual $4,000 that the mayor and City Council offered to develop a focused dental care program for needy Philomath children that Dr. David Grube and Citizens for Healthy Teeth have apparently decided is not worthy of their consideration. $15,500 and counting would buy lots of fluoridated dental products, toothbrushes and teeth cleaning from our local dentists that would directly provide preventive dental care for our most needy kids. Clearly, finding a dental care program for those in need does not seem to be a problem.

Philomath could have been recognized as a model of innovative problem solving but instead, Citizens for Healthy Teeth will waste their donations, your tax dollars and the City Council's generous offer to push an ever-growing unpopular and unproven treatment that cannot live up to the guarantees that its supporters claim.

Putting chemicals in the water and hoping it reaches its intended target is a poor substitute for a program that seeks to identify and then treat those most in need.

Max Bierek

Philomath

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