Most western, industrialized countries have rejected water fluoridation, but have nevertheless experienced the same decline in childhood dental decay as fluoridated countries. A majority of U.S. cities (about 70%) add the chemical to their water supplies and have been doing so for decades with the blessings of the medical establishment even though to date there have been no long-term global effects studies done. Because of this we are truly unable to talk intelligently about the long-term effects of water fluoridation.
The conversation has to change.
Government officials seem to automatically start any conversation about housing with the words "affordable" or the more politically correct “workforce housing”. It’s true that need exists but our issues go deeper than the traditional low rent housing project can resolve. That’s because it's not just people who can't begin to afford paying more than a grand a month for an apartment who are having difficulty. Highly paid professionals are finding it tough to get into the kind of place they would like to call home. Those who would like to downsize are looking for a quality experience and not just the cheapest place they can find.
Port Executive Director Jim Knight knows he has a sea lion problem. He's right when he insists that the Port should not be stuck with finding the solution or the entire bill for that solution. He is sighting in on groups that would benefit from less sea lions in the river. It's just his targeting system that may be a bit askew.