Water, water, everywhere – and not a drop to drink from the tap if you don’t like flouride in your water.
While the debate was going on, for several years now, regarding the pros and perils of flouridation in our city’s water supply, we continued to drink it anyway. Unless of course we opted for expensive bottled water or a water filter system. So I have to say I was pleased with the “no” vote which flowed from Saturday’s referendum.
My research into the issue consisted largely of talking to people (I was almost swayed by my dentist because, well, they know about that important stuff like science and cavity causing agents) but in the end, it was a cat that convinced me how to cast my vote.
I am presently giving a home to an elderly Siamese cat belonging to a friend who got work up North (north of here) and could not take his beloved 20-year-old feline along with him. Missy has a form of breast cancer – I read it’s twice as prevalent in Siamese cats – and so I have opened the doors to my apartment as a kind of hospice hostel.
She is good spirits, a joy to have around and very playful, despite her advanced age and rather large growth on her stomach – which I am told is better left up to nature and her “antiseptic tongue.”
I think that means I can let her pass away in peace although I do have permission from her owner that if things get too bad and she’s in pain, I can have her euthanized.
The day Missy arrived, a few weeks ago, I put down some water from the kitchen tap. She went to the bowl and promptly turned her nose up at it. I was at a loss. I phoned my friend and he told me to try bottled water.
She’s used to rural well water but I have lots of bottled water on hand. I only use tap water for doing dishes. If I were rich and had a maid or butler, I’d ask them to run outside to the rain barrel for water.
So I filled Missy’s bowl with “natural pure” bottled water from some exotic locale, mountain stream fed and all that – and she drank it happily.
And while there was no place for four-legged animals to voice their opinion in Saturday’s referendum or to put a paw print where the check mark goes, Missy gave me the definitive answer.
So thank you voters of Prince George for saying no.
And on this issue, I hope “no” does mean no.
Along with the three new intelligent and forward-thinking women who have been elected to sit at the council table, it would be nice to have a few felines present when they decide whether or not to remove the flouride from our water.
They (cats) know what is good for them.