I’ve been away and otherwise occupied and am disgracefully late to write about the May 18 meeting of the Austin City Council’s Public Health and Human Services Committee. So I’ll let the above video
(courtesy of Jack Cook, fluoridealert.org’s You Tube channel) speak for itself apart from these few comments:
We had a great turnout, with the smallish Boards and Commissions Room packed and the crowd spilling out into the hall and, eventually, Council chambers, to watch the session on TV screens. This was an extreme rarity if not a first in the United States: establishment fluoride promoters facing real experts in something close to a debate format. Our representatives: Austin dentist Griffin Cole, DDS and our special guest, Paul Connett, Ph.D. Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network, presented a powerful case against water fluoridation, while their opponents: Delton Yarbrough, DDS, an officer of the Texas Dental Association and family practitioner Cecil George, MD, both of Fort Stockton, made a weak showing by comparison. The question occurs, too: why all the way from Fort Stockton? This is Austin. Is there not enough brain power here to argue the pro-fluoridation side? Apparently not. More likely, there’s simply no one around foolish enough to want to try. I admit to having felt a twinge of pity and embarrassment for the hapless pair, who obviously had no idea how behind they were in the science or what formidible expertise they were going to encounter in the persons of Drs. Connett and Cole. Dr. Philip Huang, the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department’s characteristically complacent medical officer, stumbled over a question, and Jane Burazer of the Austin Water Utility offered no input at all. All in all, a morning to remember, even including a jaw-dropping moment or two of unintentional humor. It was a good day for truth. The question is, will truth translate into proper action on the part of the Council?
Councilmember Laura Morrison, absent for a family emergency, did not send an aide, but we trust she will review the proceedings thoroughly, as Committee Chair Randi Shade has assured us.
And now: sit back and enjoy the video.
Our youngest supporter: Nova and her
mom travelled all the way from Kyle to
attend the meeting