This could change today, as the Portland city council seems poised to approve fluoride in the city's water, despite a raging civic debate the AP outlines thusly:
The issue presents a clash between two progressive positions: the desire to improve the dental health of low-income children and the impulse to avoid putting anything unnecessary in the air, food or water.
Also: "Barnyard animals are force medicated, not human beings," said Mike Smith, a member of the Occupy Portland movement, speaking to the AP.
Aaaaalso: "I don't appreciate you trying to alleviate your white guilt by putting toxins in our water," said anti-fluoride activist Angel Lambart, according to the Portland Mercury.
And finally: "Every respected scientific committee or health organization that has reviewed the evidence on the safety and effectiveness of fluoridation has concluded that fluoridation is a healthy and effective public health practice," says Portland Mayor Sam Adams. "Onward."
Not so fast, Sam! The council hasn't voted yet, and neither has Slog. So: Hear ye! Hear ye! A legally binding, scientifically proven, tooth-decay-fighting Slog poll now commences:
Should Portland finally put some fluoride in its drinking water?