City Milks St. David’s Dental Van for Photo-Op but Doesn’t Contribute
Good afternoon, Mayor and councilmembers. Throughout our four years of speaking at City Hall against water fluoridation, one element has been conspicuously absent: the low income children in whose name the practice is implemented. Theoretically, the city fluoridates to provide
I guess we’ve finally made the big time! YouTube has seen fit to censor a 90-second videoclip I uploaded this morning- almost immediately. The clip, which was within the public domain, caught City Council Public Health and Human Services Committee chairman Mike Martinez sarcastically comparing Fluoride Free Austin co-founder Linda Greene to a stranger who wandered into the meeting apparently at random, suffered a panic attack, and was made to leave. It’s nice to know the higher-ups are paying attention.
The date was this past Tuesday, June 19. Greene and I attended the Austin City Council
In the last few days, Austin KEYE-TV has made serious efforts to obliterate all traces of its recent poll showing that nearly half of Austinites think fluoridating our drinking water is a waste of money. Their website now offers a transcript from which all reference to the survey has been removed along with assurances that it contains the “text content” of the now-deleted video. Luckily, on June 1, we made a call to the station:
The unedited videoclip is still available – for a price – from Teleclip, Inc. of Austin.
On Tuesday, May 22, ABC’s local KEYE-TV broke a startling piece of news: nearly half of Austinites consider community water fluoridation to be a waste of money. The announcement by respected anchor Judy Maggio aired at 10 p.m. during the “Waste Watch” segment – following a telephone survey commissioned by the station itself – and was billed as a Top Story. Then it proceeded to disappear.
The saga really began back in early April, when a KEYE reporter contacted me for an interview. The reporter, who also interviewed a local dentist with a fluoride-free practice, was well aware of the health hazards of fluoride and strongly committed to doing the piece. I was glad to be part of it, though privately I had my doubts that such a story would ever air in Austin. I suspected it would be spiked – old timey newspaper parlance for forgotten, buried, killed, kaput – somewhere along the way to the broadcast studio.
I was told only that it would run “some time” in May. Weeks went by. Then, on 5/22, a day when I happened to be out of the country, it finally came up on the 10 p.m. news. By the time I reached an Internet cafe, the survey results had been edited out of the videoclip. Within the next day or two, the clip itself vanished, replaced by a still shot of giant teeth:
As of today, we have been informed that the original video was “deleted” and is no longer available! A most extraordinary step for KEYE to take.
Clearly someone (or more than one) in a position of power did not want that information out there. But the genie of truth, once released, is not easily put back in the bottle. It exists in KEYE’s chart – captured in a screen shot (top) and the edited transcript, still available online (below): ********
Fluoridated City Water: Is It Worth The Added Expense? K-EYE Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Every time you take a drink of city water, or eat vegetables rinsed off in your kitchen sink, or eat pasta boiled in city water, you
Van Os: There at the BirthingMartinez: Current Beneficiary
When Dr. Laura Pressley ran for City Council Place 2 against incumbent Mike Martinez, she broke a long-entrenched taboo that designates two Council seats for individuals of specific racial/ethnic lineage. Originally Places 5 (Hispanic) and 6 (black), the arrangement has not resulted in improved representation of Austin
This will be a close election, so please vote and send the message we want someone with a business and technology background at City Hall to stop the wasteful spending, stop the subsidies to developers, and protect our environment.
We have an important Call to Action to get the vote out:
Please contact all your friends, family and co-workers in Austin and tell them why you are supporting our campaign. There is a better way to run our City Hall and here are the changes we will make:
a) Cut costs at Austin Energy to prevent the increases in our electric rates, b) Stop the corporate subsidies to wealthy corporations such as Apple, c) Protect our health, environment, neighborhoods and schools, d) Provide real traffic solutions by transferring commercial traffic from I-35 to SH 130, e) Stop the subsidies to large developers, and f) Bring lean business practices to city hall and cut waste in our $2.8B budget.
We need you to forward this email, post on Facebook, and post on LinkedIn, that you are supporting us and are getting the vote out. It will help a great deal! Thanks everyone…See you at the polls!
All my best, Laura
Laura Pressley, Ph.D. Candidate for Austin City Council, Place 2 www.PressleyForAustin.com P.O. Box 10102 Austin, TX 78766 Cell: 512-762-3825