Hurting Poor Women and Kids
In the name of cost-cutting.
In a disheartening turn of events, the City Council of Topeka, Kansas, voted 7 to 3 yesterday to repeal the local law that makes domestic violence a crime. As ThinkProgress previously reported, decriminalizing domestic violence has been deemed a cost-cutting measure as the City Council and district attorney have both been unwilling to foot the bill to prosecute abuse cases. Several victims of domestic violence spoke against the proposal at the Tuesday meeting. “It is your responsibility to protect these people, and you’re failing,” one said. According to the New York Times, 18 people have been arrested on domestic violence charges since September and released without charges because no agency is taking responsibility for prosecuting new cases.
A growing number of communities are choosing to stop adding fluoride to their water systems, even though the federal government and federal health officials maintain their full support for a measure they say provides a 25 percent reduction in tooth decay nationwide. […] Keeping fluoride in water is especially important today because many people cannot afford dental care, public officials say. […] Kenneth T. Welch, a Pinellas County commissioner who voted to continue adding fluoride to the water, said he was stunned by the commission’s decision, saying it was pushed by Tea Party supporters. […] “Political rhetoric won out over science and the best advice of our medical and dental community,” Mr. Welch said.