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Pages of History: Fluoride hot item in 1960

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1960.

Crescent City voters will decide whether or not they want fluoride added to drinking water in a citywide election in April. The City Council paved the way for a slam-bang day at the polls when it agreed to place fluoridation on the ballot.

The decision is expected to trigger a repeat performance of the bitter controversy that flared in late 1958 when the council first considered fluoridation.

In the wake of heated arguments both for and against the move, the council agreed to submit the proposal to the people.

Two years ago the council was ready to add fluoride to the city’s water supply but backed off when battle lines were drawn. The bitter debate was climaxed at a crowded public hearing which produced expert testimony from both factions, leading to the decision of the council to place it on the ballot.

Del Norters share debt

How much is it costing residents of Del Norte County each year to pay their portion of the interest charge alone on the national debt? 

From calculations made by the Tax Foundation, which keeps an eye on taxes and spending on all levels of government, the current interest charges total $51.48 per person for the entire population of the county. It is nearly $1 a week, every week of the year, for every inhabitant.

For Del Norte County residents, applying average interest costs locally, it adds up to $1,060,000 a year and the rate is going up in the next fiscal year. Some idea as to how huge an amount is the $291 billion that represents the national debt comes from the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. It points out that debt is equal to the combined savings of the American people in the form of savings bonds, life insurance and savings accounts.

Safeway calls for bids

Bid specifications and plans for the construction of Crescent City’s new Safeway store are in the hands of contractors, the company announced today. Opening time for bids was not announced.

Tenants and renters of property between Third and Fourth streets and L and M streets have been notified that April 1 is the deadline for leaving.

Several small homes and warehouse buildings will be razed to make way for construction of the giant new supermarket. Construction will begin sometime in April.

Harbor drafts ordinance

The Crescent City Harbor Commission members instructed the commission’s attorney, J. Ralph Arnold, to draw up a proposed ordinance to prohibit boat skippers from tying directly to other boats, or to the moorings of other boats in the harbor.

Action was taken after complaints lodged by a group of local fishermen. They stated that it is not uncommon for boats from other ports to be so moored without authorization, and the practice is not only a nuisance, but it creates the danger of damage to boats, especially during storms and when surges in the harbor are heavy.

No action was taken on a former proposal for the adoption of an ordinance prohibiting tugboats from remaining tied to oil barges while in port with their cargos.


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