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Sunday's Letters to the Editor

Choosing who to trust

EDITOR: Perhaps more information on why adding fluoride to our water supply is a good idea would be helpful to everyone.

When a tooth is developing in a growing child, if fluoride is present in the bloodstream, the enamel that is formed is stronger and more resistant to decay. It's that simple. Basically, no cavities develop in the teeth. The dental cost for fillings is eliminated. Fluoride is most effective in children as they are the ones with growing teeth, but there is benefit to adults, too. Pit and fissure cavities still need to have small fillings or a sealant placed in them.

The Centers for Disease Control has proclaimed community water fluoridation as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. The American Dental Association, which represents more than 157,000 dentists, has endorsed fluoridation since 1950. Seventy-two percent of the U.S. population is served by optimally fluoridated water. It's one of the safest and most thoroughly investigated public health measures.

There are always going to be people or small groups who object to fluoridation or anything, for that matter, that is proposed. The public and their elected representatives need to decide whose information is reliable and trustworthy.

DR. JULIAN M. LIFSCHIZ

Former principal investigator, National Institute of Dental Research

A felonious act?

EDITOR: What public officers are ever held accountable to California Penal Code Section 149? It says: “Every public officer who, under color of authority, without lawful necessity, assaults or beats any person, is punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by imprisonment in the state prison, or in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”

Can each shot fired at Andy Lopez be considered a separate individual assault? And can each assault be shown to have been done without lawful necessity?

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