EVERETT, Wash. - Three Everett City councilmembers walked out of a meeting last week, fed up with tenacious activists who want to stop to the fluoridation of the city’s water.
According to the Herald, the small group of activists has attended council meetings for a year to speak about the dangers of fluoride.
When an activist came to the podium during the public comment portion of the meeting, councilmen Arlan Hatloe, Shannon Affholter and Jeff Moore got up and left.
Hatloe told the Herald that he was tired of hearing the same arguments over and over and called the activists "obnoxious."
Five activists spoke for a total of about 15 minutes, claiming that fluoridation is linked to major illnesses.
The City Council has said at public meetings that they have no plan to stop fluoridating the city’s water.
The council has met with the activists privately and fielded numerous phone calls and emails on the topic. In June, it invited the activists to a forum on the topic that included the head of the Snohomish Health District.
Hatloe said the council has spent numerous hours dealing with the group and he has the freedom of choice to not listen to the same conversation.
The activists say they will keep attending the meetings.