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.