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Mayor Heartwell hosts July edition of live call-in show Monday Night

Got a question for Mayor Heartwell? The first Monday of every month is your opportunity to interact with Grand Rapids' most prominent elected official.
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Mayor Heartwell on a previous episode of City Connection

Mayor Heartwell on a previous episode of City Connection /GRTV

At 5 p.m. Monday night, Mayor Heartwell's live interactive public access show City Connection was simulcast right here on The Rapidian. City Connection is an opportunity for Grand Rapidians to talk with our mayor about important city issues.

If you have anything you would like to add to the discussion every month, please feel free to leave a comment on this article, email [email protected], tweet @GRTVaccess, or leave a Facebook comment. Tune in on the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m. to hear him respond to you live on GRTV’s Livewire (channel 24 on Comcast) and streaming here on The Rapidian.

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My question is in regard to the cities water fluoridation policies. I'm wondering if it isn't better to err on the side of caution when it come tofluoride, and remove it from our drinking water? Study after study has shown that it has many harmful effect and few if any medical benefits. According to the World health organization modern nations with and without fluoride in their drinking water have the same rates of tooth decay. So if statistically speaking fluoride doesn't do what it was intended to do, then why do we still use it? Not only would removing fluoride from our water supply be better for our health but it would also save the city money.

My question for Mayor Heartwell is Would you consider removing fluoride from our water supply in order to increase the health of the citizens of Grand Rapids and save tax payers money? Thank you very much for your time, Ian Gunnett. sources to consider:


Hey Ian, thanks for your question! Here's a clip of the mayor's response to your question from our previous show.

If you'd like, feel free to submit a follow-up question for this month's episode (August 6th) via here on the Rapidian, Facebook, or email at [email protected].