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Day after victory, Wichita fluoridation opponents vow to work against fluoridation nationally

Feb. 20 at 6:53 a.m.

The day after Wichitans decided to keep their water unfluoridated, the winning side said it would now work to reduce fluoridation in the rest of the state and the country.

Wichita voters reject fluoridated water

Feb. 20 at 6:52 a.m.

Voters in the city of Wichita rejected fluoridated water on Tuesday, as they did in 1964 and 1978.

  • President, Kansas
    Gary Johnson (L)
    Barack Obama (D)
    Mitt Romney (R)

    3,543 of 3,565 precincts reporting

  • Wichita fluoridation

    171 of 171 precincts reporting

  • U.S. House, District 4
    Thomas Jefferson (L)
    Mike Pompeo (R)
    Robert Tillman (D)

    669 of 669 precincts reporting

  • KS Senate 25
    Michael O'Donnell (R)
    Tim Snow (D)
    Dave Thomas (L)

    32 of 32 precincts reporting

  • KS Senate 28
    Keith Humphrey (D)
    Mike Petersen (R)

    39 of 39 precincts reporting

  • KS House 92
    Nile Dillmore (D)
    Brenda Landwehr (R)

    8 of 8 precincts reporting

  • KS House 98
    Geraldine Flaharty (D)
    Phil Hermanson (R)

    15 of 15 precincts reporting

  • County Commission, District 2
    Tim Norton (D)
    Ben Sauceda (R)

    50 of 50 precincts reporting

  • Judge Division 13
    Richard Ballinger (D)
    Zoe Newton (R)

    289 of 289 precincts reporting

  • Hutchinson, sexual orientation question

    13,893 votes counted

3 issues arise as fluoride vote nears

August 27 at 9:38 a.m.

As Wichita moves toward a vote Tuesday on whether to fluoridate its drinking water, three issues continue to arise in the public debate: whether commercial-grade fluoride is different than naturally occurring fluoride, whether the fluoride to be added to the water is pharmaceutical grade and whether the warning labels on toothpaste should be read as a caution against fluoridated water.

Anti-fluoride expert appears before Sedgwick County commission

August 27 at 9:38 a.m.

A chemistry professor who is against fluoridated water got a much warmer welcome at the Sedgwick County Commission than a pro-fluoride expert who spoke there two weeks ago.

  • Fluoride fight has long roots, passionate advocates

    Set aside the science lessons. The fight over fluoride is as much or more a clash of philosophy.

  • Private donors commit $1.35 million toward fluoride start-up costs in Wichita

    The pro-fluoride group Wichitans for Healthy Teeth said Friday it has received commitments from private donors for $1.35 million for start-up costs of adding fluoride to Wichita’s water supply should voters approve that measure on Nov. 6.

  • Surrounding municipal water customers await Wichita’s fluoride vote

    If Wichita voters decide Nov. 6 to fluoridate the city’s water, surrounding communities will be affected, too.

  • Both sides present ‘information we believe in’ in fluoridation debate

    With two weeks to go to the vote on whether Wichita should fluoridate its water, the two sides of the issue proclaimed doubt and certainty about it in a forum Tuesday sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

  • Questions and answers before Wichita’s fluoridation vote

    On Nov. 6 Wichita voters will decide whether to fluoridate tap water. Proponents say fluoridation has been widely used since the 1960s, will reduce cavities in young and old alike and save Wichitans $25 million a year in dental bills.

  • Speakers face off as KPTS hosts forum on fluoridation

    In a KPTS-TV forum Thursday, a dentist and lawyer argued that water fluoridation is a common-sense measure to save kids from tooth decay, while a doctor and chiropractor argued that it’s ineffective and unsafe.

  • Health aspects of fluoridated water debated at Sedgwick County meeting

    The fluoride fight spilled over into the Sedgwick County Commission chambers Wednesday with about 20 people debating the benefits and risks of putting the cavity-fighting chemical in Wichita’s city drinking water.

  • County Commission to allow public comments on fluoridation next week

    Opponents of fluoridating Wichita’s drinking water will get a chance to speak their mind next week with Sedgwick County commissioners.

  • Fluoridation foes object to county information sheet on issue

    Anti-fluoridation forces are objecting to a Sedgwick County Health Department fact sheet that they say is little more than a commercial urging Wichitans to vote yes when fluoridated water comes up for a public vote next month.

  • Supporters, opponents plan two debates on fluoridating Wichita’s water

    As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney prepare for a make-or-break TV debate focused on the struggling economy, tax policy and the national debt, Wichitans are prepping to debate fluoridated water.

  • Anti-fluoridation group seeks debate opponent

    An anti-fluoridation group said Monday that it’s planning to be part of a televised debate about fluoride on public television in October and is looking for two people to debate on the pro-fluoridation side.

  • Harvard scientists: Data on fluoride, IQ not applicable in U.S.

    Harvard University scientists say that Wichita voters shouldn’t depend on a research study they compiled to decide whether to put fluoride in the city’s drinking water to fight tooth decay.

  • People make cases for, against fluoridated water

    The debate over whether to add fluoride to Wichita’s water supply is likely to grow after the City Council voted last week to place the issue on the Nov. 6 ballot. People on both sides of the issue frequently cite scientific research to back their claims that fluoride can help prevent tooth decay or that it can harm health. In many cases, strong feelings about fluoride are born from personal experiences living with, or without, it.

  • Fluoride ballot item is more clear than others

    If Wichita’s last ballot measure was as clear as mud, the next one will be as clear as a glass of drinking water.

  • Anti-fluoride group in Wichita issues a debate challenge

    An anti-fluoride group on Wednesday challenged the pro-fluoride group Wichitans for Healthy Teeth to a televised debate to be held by Oct. 17, ahead of a November vote on whether Wichita should fluoridate its water.

  • Wichita City Council adds fluoride issue to Nov. 6 ballot

    The Wichita City Council has decided to have a public vote on water fluoridation, an issue much of the country decided half a century ago.

  • Wichita City Council to decide whether to approve fluoridation or put it on Nov. ballot

    A petition drive seeking the fluoridation of Wichita’s water supply has been declared successful, giving the City Council two options: either approve fluoridation or let the city’s residents decide in November whether they want it.

  • Local group launches effort to fluoridate Wichita’s water

    A local organization fighting for healthy teeth among Wichitans says it plans to present a petition for fluoridation of Wichita’s water supply to the City Council later this year.

  • Fluoride debate not an immediate priority for City Council

    Don’t expect the Wichita City Council to jump into the fluoride debate soon.

  • Groups push to fluoridate Wichita’s water

    The push to fluoridate Wichita’s water is on again with two groups launching campaigns to improve oral health.

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