Math, logic not qualification to be aldermen

- February 6th, 2011

Say what you will about fluoridation of the drinking water in this city.

Say what you will about the conspiracy theorists, scientists and libertarians all weighing in on the debate.

The controversy surrounding the debate has been the terribly arrogant way with which it has been dealt.

Northeast alderman Jim Stevenson unintentionally illustrated the point Sunday afternoon in conversation with the Sun:

Ald. Jim Stevenson, another staunch opponent of water fluoridation, said a plebiscite leaves the fate of all in the hands of a few.
“I don’t think 53% of the 30% who vote should be able to force a medication on a 100% of the people of the city,” he said.
“It’s not the right way to decide mass medication.”

Sure Jim. Let’s not let 53% of the 30% who vote decide the issue for everyone. But let’s let seven crusaders, elected by just 7.5% of Calgarians and convinced by an even smaller minority fluoride is bad, get one of their colleagues to join them in making a decision for 100% of the people. Math obviously isn’t his strong suit.

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2 comments

  1. Scott says:

    In a free society, people who want fluoride would obtain it from the many sources it is currently available and people who do not want it would avoid it. Sadly, we do not live in a free society but rather one where might makes right and the belief that if you get enough people together you can force others to do as you wish. There is no public health benefit argument as the last time I visited the dentist’s office I certainly remember paying out of my own pocket.

  2. Phill says:

    Scott says: ‘Sadly, we do not live in a free society but rather one where might makes right and the belief that if you get enough people together you can force others to do as you wish ‘

    It’s called the will of the majority Scott. And being dictated by a miniscule minority (as outlined by Dave) is better because…???

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