FROM Ryan Kost
Portland Says No to Fluoride - Again After Tuesday's voting , Portland, Oregon remains the largest American city that does not add fluoride to drinking water to prevent tooth decay. For the fourth time, the practice has been rejected, this time by a decisive 60 percent, and the opponents are a collection that might not be possible anywhere else -- a coalition of civil rights groups, environmentalists, libertarians and breweries. Ryan Kost is City Hall reporter for The Oregonian .
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