The government argues that: 1) tap water is safe now; 2) water quality has improved dramatically, and 3) $16 million of the state's funds have gone to bottled water.
But the people feel that 1) the government's word cannot be trusted; 2) the water pipes in Flint have still not be replaced; and 3) there are still chemicals and bacteria in the water, even if the lead content has been reduced.
Here is an NPR report on the new development on All Things Considered, April 10, 2018
Op-ed on Human Rights and the Olympics in the Baltimore Sun Feb 20, 2018 http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-0221-olympics-politics-20180220-story.html
NFL & Flint: I know I posted this on the website, but it's cool enough to blog it too. TB Bucs DE Will Gholston and Baltimore Ravens CB Brendan Carr will wear #MyCauseMyCleats on Sunday to bring attention to Flint! Carr is from Flint!!
There is now another town in Michigan with groundwater contamination. Plainfield Township has a population of about 30K and unlike Flint is a middle-class, predominantly White town. The culprit? Hush Puppies -- the manufacturer was apparently dumping waste into the river for years....
See the announcement from the Township here: https://www.plainfieldmi.org/house-st-ground-water-contamination.html
How Should the Govt Respond to Hurricane Harvey? The storm washed out Houston neighborhoods, in some cases, for the 3rd time. Should the govt buy out these flood-prone neighborhoods? They did it in Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy.
This is the UNICEF website for Hurricane Maria -- the link is at the bottom. 90 percent of donations go to support victims, which is not 100 percent but still okay -- Andrew
"Puerto Rico is in a state of crisis. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, mass flooding and destruction have put children throughout the island at risk.
The governor has warned that this is “the worst hurricane in a century,” and that rebuilding will be a tremendously difficult undertaking.
UNICEF USA is mobilizing to get immediate, critical support — Emergency Relief Kits — to the children of Puerto Rico.
A donation of just $28 will provide a kit containing basic, essential supplies such as water purification tablets, a water bucket with lid, water containers, soap, toothpaste, detergent and sanitary pads. The supplies will help children and their families keep clean and healthy, protecting them from diseases that can occur after the loss of equipment and infrastructure and the disruption of a safe water supply.
UNICEF is a global leader in emergency response, last year reaching children in 344 humanitarian emergencies across 108 countries. We stand ready to provide aid before, during and after a crisis.
90% of every dollar spent goes directly to helping children."