The impetus for Wednesday’s lengthy, emotional public forum on water fluoridation at the Sedgwick County Commission meeting was a “Facts About Fluoride” information sheet posted online (and since removed) by the county health department – a fact sheet that opponent Mark Gietzen contended was a “blatantly political promotion of fluoridation at public expense.” That’s arguable, given that the sheet contained nothing but basic information on the long-established public health practice of preventing tooth decay by fluoridating community water systems. However, something still on the county’s website fits the description of a “blatantly political promotion” of a perspective “at public expense”: a document attributed to County Commissioner Richard Ranzau (in photo) titled “Sustainable Development and U.N. Agenda 21: Economic Development or Economic Destruction?”
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