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Lawn signs in fluoride debate being stolen and vandalized

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

If you walk through almost any Portland neighborhood these days, chances are you'll to see one of the lawn signs either for or against adding fluoride to the water supply.

You won't believe what some people are doing who apparently don't like the message they see.

In surveillance video given to FOX 12 by Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, a group that supports fluoridation, a woman can be seen walking up to a lawn sign and kicking it out of the ground.

Another pro-fluoridation sign was vandalized outside Craig Mosbaek's home in southeast Portland. He said someone set it on fire last weekend. The wire frame is now all that's left in the family's front yard. Mosbaek said whoever torched the sign went too far.

"I respect everyone's right to their opinion," he said. "I'm for fluoridation because I think it's safe, and the fact that other people feel differently is fine. We can have a healthy debate. But to light someone's sign on fire is not the way to do this.

Signs of the other side of the fluoride debate are also disappearing.

K. C. Hanson with Clean Water Portland said she hears about anti-fluoridation signs being stolen on a daily basis. In fact, just two days ago, she said she caught a man stealing signs outside Clean Water Portland's office in southeast Portland.

She confronted the guy and took down his license plate number as he drove off.

"I had that moment of, ‘I can't believe this is happening,'" said Hanson. "We're working really hard to keep the message of the campaign. Voters have their ballots in hand right now, and they're making a really, really serious choice of putting fluorosilicic acid in our water."

Craig Mosbaek said he plans to leave the charred remains of his sign up in his yard as a reminder until the election is over.

Ballots are due on May 21.

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