Why bother getting out to vote?
Saturday is polling day for the general elections but you can get down any time until then to take advantage of advance polling.
Weasked people on Neighbourly and Facebook why they think we should be getting down to the polling booth this week?
‘‘We are fortunate to live in a democracy, and one where all citizens over 18 (male and female) get to vote - not everywhere in the world is so fortunate. Our forebears sacrificed so much so that we could have the right to vote, and I intend never to squander this right.’’
- Pattie O’Boyle
‘‘When good people don’t vote bad people get in power. Let’s support change for the Wairarapa.
- Steffen Bertram
We have a moral responsibility to vote! Imagine a country where nobody voted, or were not allowed to vote. We live in a democracy. I agree the red and blue teams are all the same. We need to vote a team that’s going to hold them accountable.’’
- Jessica Schot
‘‘If we don’t we hand over our destiny to those who will assume power. Look at North Korea, We may not get the best but at least we can vote them out.’’
- Richard Alan Dahlberg
‘‘To make a difference, voting gives us the chance to do that, perish the thought of what NZ would be like without it ...’’
- Robyn-Jane Wren
‘‘If ya don’t vote ya can’t complain afterwards.’’
- David Hayes
‘‘It’s your chance to give our region a strong voice in parliament.’’
- Martin Gronbach
‘‘I agree, it is our democratic responsibility to vote despite our flawed democratic system.’’
- Piri Te Tau WARY OF FLUORIDE IN TOOTHPASTE
A nursing mother who consumes fluoride, shows minimal added concentration in breast milk. The lethal dose of white sugar to kill 50 per cent of rats is 29.7g/kg, eg: roughly 2.08kg for a 70kg rat. The lethal dose of sodium fluoride to kill 50 per cent of rats is 52mg/kg. A third of a tube of 1400ppmF sodium fluoride toothpaste is enough to kill half 2.15kg rats.
They haven’t tried it on children as it would seem unethical, and yet our Ministry of Health stipulates exactly that; routinely prescribing fullstrength (flavoured and sweetened) adult toothpaste on all children 6 months and up; and, discouraging rinsing.
The prescribed upper-level intake of fluoride for children 7-12 months is 0.9mg/day. This is about twice what is considered an adequate intake for hardening of tooth enamel.
Formula-fed infants consume on average 800mls/day. At 1ppmF from water supply, this is 0.8mg. Add to this a 10mm strip of abovementioned toothpaste, half of which is swallowed, and this is another 0.4mg per brushing, or 0.8mg if brushing twice a day.
This would bring the daily total to 1.6mg, or almost twice the upper limit for a child of 7-12 months.
Thank youMDC for the fluoride and chlorine-free tap on Manuka St Lansdowne...and thank you for vegetables. (abridged)
Andrew Pettit, Masterton WRITE TO US
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Wairarapa people have plenty of options of where to post their election ballots. Got to elections.org.nz to find out where.