The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


September 9, 2013

The Fluoride Debate


A number of other things were on the side of the council: During that very week Selma, Alabama was prominently in the news; St. Mary’s was playing for the State basketball Championship(with 6’10” Steve Bergman, Bob Josten, et al.) against DesMoines Roosevelt; the big flood was coming; Astronauts were orbiting the earth (Virgil Grissom in Gemini); television was big; anti-smoking was taking hold; and bowling was at its zenith with an eight page supplement in the Herald. Mercy Hospital had to be saved from financial ruin and these many news distractions perhaps helped the focus to swing away from “fluoride.”

Over the years the city hall chambers were filled with many controversies and the old grammar school was use from 1935-1978 at the time between the building of Washington Junior High School and the construction of the new city hall. Some people say that they liked the old facility, especially with its large city council chambers so that plenty of spectators could view the proceedings. Do these battles sound familiar?

When it was all said and done, Ordinance No. 1191 was passed March 22, 1965.

As an after thought, there is a humorous footnote told by Dr. Layton that he “implied that fluoride would be added on the next Monday to the water supply and that anyone who felt a negative effect should notify City Hall. Many notes, letters, and phone calls came forth. It was then announced that due to a technical problem, fluoride hadn't been added right away and it would be another week until it would be in the water supply.” There was never another complaint registered in all these years.

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