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Trumping of common sense

Isn't the State also big on patients' rights, which include the time-honored right to REFUSE treatment? In any argument in favor of fluoridation I have ever heard or read, fluoride is described in medicinal terms: it is a prescription to prevent tooth decay, and not one without potential downsides or side-effects (hence warning labels on fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwashes, for example). How is mandatory mass-medication of the water supply consistent with the patient right to refuse treatment? How is it that the State believes it has authority to overrule localities' own decisions on medical matters -- and how is it that localities claim the authority to overrule individuals' own decisions?

Who is going to lobby Sacramento to repeal the idiotic 1995 law? Which city is going to sue the state to prevent enforcement of this stupid statute? How can the State overrule a vote of the people on a matter that doesn't affect public safety? Something is way out of whack here, and it needs to be repaired right away.

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