Oh, sorry, I'm mistaken. It was about adding trace amounts of fluoride to Portland's water supply.
You would not believe the uproar over this issue. I got in angry discussions with friends over this topic, and I didn't even have an opinion. It was like the city was under siege by Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, only Bane was all of us, and his philosophy primarily consisted of water fluoridation.
It was such a pain in the ass, you guys. There were arguments on both sides, some of them even reasonable, but you would've thought we were passing a resolution on whether drones could bomb us at random. Even stranger, it was difficult to tell people's opinion based on previous political stances. Liberal...conservative...none of this mattered. You were either for or against, and you defended that position rabidly regardless. Just listen to this guy:
"...Justin Holt, who moved to Portland from North Carolina, is wearing a blue campaign T-shirt and a necklace of meditation beads. He says he wrote two songs and posted them on YouTube to support the campaign. One of them is called 'How Will We Forgive?'
"'It's basically about how, if this is wrong, how will I forgive myself if I don't do anything?' he says. "I knew that fluoride is poison to ingest.'"How, indeed? How? Like the tell-tale heart, the raw guilt would eat at us from the inside, which I'm assuming would then combine with fluoride to make a superpoison a million times stronger than anthrax. Leave it to a North Carolinian. How will we forgive? Maybe I'm an optimist, but I think we'd find a way. Mankind always finds a way.
I'm sure this is making me sound pro-fluoride, but I assure you I am not. I would generally prefer our water stays the way it is. I grew up right below Mt. Tabor's east reservoirs, and that water was pristine and delicious. Maybe the fluoride would be noticeable and maybe not, but why mess with a good thing?
In the end, though, I was probably closer to 55% pro-fluoridation simply because the anti-fluoride people were so incredibly annoying. Maybe they were exhausted due to co-sleeping with their whooping cough-addled toddlers. Whatever, though. It's over. The next step is learning to forgive each other...and ourselves.
UPDATE: Gawker's Adrian Chen has a takedown of the vote up today. I recommend it.