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  1. Sep 2016
    1. gasoline and paint in the 1970s led to drops in crime, teenage pregnancy, and juvenile delinquency.

      These are issues that the federal government and schools like to focus on and decrease, so if lead affects people in this way, the government should pay higher attention than it does to ensure the young generation grow up in a healthy environment with decreasing danger.

    2. because it places the financial health of a city above nearly all other priorities, and because it was applied mostly in cities where a large share of the population is African American.

      Almost stating money is more significant than a human life.

    3. system was ready, writing that Flint would use the river instead.

      Theses are state emergency managers, shouldn't they be concerned about health risks?

    4. City officials complained that the switch was rushed.

      Then why did they not do something about it? Or make a slower transition as they are the ones who made the new plan? This is very frustrating.

    5. Even with water filters, recent samples found that the city's water has unacceptably

      Maybe the pipes are still corroding due to left over chemicals from the River water? Also in the line above it says the city switched back to Detroit water, that's only after a couple of months, could they not have stuck with that water source in the beginning? Did they really save that much money?

    6. Flint planned to join a new countywide water treatment system that, like Detroit, drew water from Lake Huron,

      I really wonder if there was no other temporary city they could buy water from until construction was done or maybe work out a deal with a different city?

    7. common among poor American children,

      Among the poor people, some homeless others not, there is always a struggle for basic needs like shelter and food. Sometimes people must turn to getting water out of rivers or sinks of a homeless shelter. If pipes are eroding and getting lead into them in such a vital place for those at risk, it can be dangerous. Along with fixing the water supply, Flint might need to take a look at their demographics of how many need public places like that with water in order to ensure at least that resource.

    1. a crisis in confidence in government

      Forms disliked by the people, as seen time and time again in history, cause a huge upset with people getting injured and the government overthrown. That might be a little dramatic for this case, but shows how quickly people can rise up and fight for an issue.

    2. “He was critical, he showed this problem was all throughout the city and not at one person’s house,”

      I like how he emphasized and publicized that everyone was being affected, no matter the race or socioeconomic status. This can cause many to identify with each other and strangers about the crisis and build a bigger network of support.

    3. he spent six years challenging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to admit they weren’t being honest about the extent of the damage the lead had on children.

      I admire his persistence for the health of the public and their safety. This is usually a quality looked for in city or state officials, that someone will put their all into ensuring the people they will get what they want.

    4. “YOU WANT OUR TRUST?? WE WANT VA Tech!!!”

      Here is a great example of the youth rising up to raise attention in their city and also get news to the media. Media now a days can be a powerful source to get support for your cause and to alert higher officials.

    1. es and the water utility industry in addressing the dangers presented by widespread use of lead in public and priv

      This is a question I had, what about the water companies and who sent the water out? After the research of watersheds, the water that was sent out was treated but there was nothing about a check at the place the water went to. Shouldn't there have been some conversation with water companies and if there was why wasn't that valued and heard?

    2. ued December

      These dates are still so late after the crisis began. It really baffles me.

    3. ntransigent disregard of compelling

      The dismissive acts of the city government after seeing data from doctors and complaints makes me wonder about the racial piece yet again. Are people now a days still so blinded by race that public health slips by?

    4. he Flint water crisis occurred whenstate-appointed emergency managers replaced local representative decision-making in Flint,

      In a local issue for money, the city government should try to work it out before looking to higher powers because they know the city best. They understand how the city functions, bringing in an outside source who will just look at numbers, not basing it off of the people, will cause controversy.

    5. lth, itseconomic future

      I keep seeing the profit piece popping up, and the whole starting point of the crisis was because the city was going broke. Where is the cities financials after using the Flint River water, that was suppose to save money?

    6. stubbornly worked to discredit and dismiss others’ attemptsto bring the issues of unsafe wat

      I am still wondering about the racial piece in this crisis and the recent news about white authority figures and African American citizens. How has life working in Flint, Michigan affected the mindset of people working in government positions?

    7. Flint Water Advisory Task ForceMarch  21,  20

      Action like this only in March, after months of the crisis? Also, I wonder the range of people that were interviewed for this and if it got an accurate representation of the people of Flint Michigan.