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Pure Water for Wichita, the group opposed to adding fluoride to the city's water supply, is offering the public the opportunity to debate their organization on television.
Spokesman Don Landis said they couldn't reach an agreement with Wichitans for Healthy Teeth on the terms of the debate, and are asking anyone who would be interested in debating in favor of fluoridation to contact them by email.
The debate will be televised on KPTS on Oct. 18 from 8-9 p.m. Anyone interested in debating in support of fluoridation should email email@example.com.
The email should include your name and contact information, along with a brief description of why you believe you should represent the pro-fluoride debate. Emails must be received by this Friday.
Landis said only two people will represent each side.
Meanwhile, Wichitans for Healthy Teeth, which supports fluoridation, tells our news partners at KWCH 12 that they have tried to reach an agreement with Pure Water for Wichita.
“What we're trying to do is negotiate a debate that would be fair for both sides,” said pediatrician Dr. Larry Hund.
Hund said they have already scheduled a debate in October with the League of Women Voters, and they have been trying to negotiate another debate with the Pure Water group, but haven’t heard back.
“I think it's disingenuous. I think it's calculating," Hund said. "It's an attempt to make us look fearful of their arguments and we are not fearful at all. We have science on our side.”