Monday, September 17, 2012
Pure Water for Wichita leader Don Landis says Wichitans for Healthy Teeth's reluctance to debate is mind-boggling.
"Why in the world would you bring up an idea and tell us it's the best thing going and not debate it in the public," Landis said.
He says the fluoride supporters, Wichitans for Healthy Teeth, have refused to accept a challenge to a televised debate. He says his group issued the challenge a month ago. Now, after four weeks of emails back and forth and still no progress, Landis say his group is moving forward without them.
"Therefore, we invite anyone in the city of Wichita who is in favor of fluoridating the water supply to engage us in a televised debate," Landis said in a prepared statement at a news conference Monday.
But Wichitans for Healthy Teeth Leaders say there's been a lot of progress between the two groups toward having a debate and they say they are very willing to engage in one. In fact, they say they have already accepted an invitation to be in a public forum on October 23 which will be hosted by the League of Women Voters.
In a written statement to KAKE News, Wichitans for Healthy Teeth say:
"(We) have responded multiple times to a representative of the group. Several days have gone by without a reply for them. In our last communication, we were finalizing negotiations ..."
So, they say:
"It is disingenuous to claim that we are avoiding a debate ..."
They go on to say:
"If the intent is truly to host a civil exchange of views, then we would like to finalize those negotiations."
But for the time being, it appears Pure Water for Wichita leaders will move forward with their new plan.
The group will accept applications from fluoride supporters through the end of the week. You must live in Wichita to apply. An independent third party will select no more than two qualified people to represent that supporters point of view.
If you are interested in participating in the debate, you are asked to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The debate is scheduled for October 18 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Landis say KPTS has agreed to host it and broadcast it on Channel 8.