Tonight my friend Kristen got me to believe that today was the deadline for voting, and that we’d know the outcome of the water fluoridation vote by tomorrow. At first I was mad that I had missed my opportunity to vote, but was quickly relieved when I realized that I find both sides to be So Ridiculous right now, and knowing it was out of my hands was TOTAL FREEDOM.
THEN I found out that we have another entire week to vote, and I am so bummed. Now I am back to making a choice between two campaigns that have flooded my mailbox with Extremely Dramatic print ads. They both have reasonable AND absolutely batshit people advocating for them.
Ughhhhh I want to be an old bitch and vote NO and be like I WAS BORN HERE AND I SWISHED FLUORIDE IN THE 5TH GRADE AND I’VE ONLY HAD ONE CAVITY and then also be like NO CHEMICALS IN MY GARDEN AND MY COFFEE AND MY TOILET AND MYYYYY BODDDDYYYYYYY! And: Europe. And? I will adapt a line of dialog from the final season of 30 Rock -
“It’s OK to put some fluoride in everyone’s water to address a health problem that disproportionately affects the poor and communities of color!” “No it’s not! Because of society!”
As in: If society weren’t broken and dental care access was equitable, would we still be having this conversation?
I want to vote YES so this stupid issue is never on the ballot again. And? Dental problems really suck. And I don’t want anyone to need a root canal ever because the amount of pain and crying and debt that it causes is the worst. And I work with youth professionally: I CARE ABOUT CHILDREN AND THEIR LIVES.
City of Roses: What do I do?