I know you are very busy with other issues at this time, but I would like to address an issue that has yet to be properly fixed. Beyond the fact that there are many other factors contributing to the downfall of this city, why has it taken so long to start the reconstruction on Flint’s water system pipes? It has been almost 2 years since the huge epidemic and I have yet to see much progress being done. Although they have fixed over 2,000 of the city’s pipelines, there are still over 16,000 others that are “scheduled” to be done by late 2019 – a CNN report states. During the past few years since the crisis was brought to public attention, residents of the area have been subjected to use bottled water; Used for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and brushing your teeth, bottled water has become a new “survival tool” of a person’s everyday life. Also infections, rashes, hair loss and irritation of the skin, are a few side effects of the poisonous venom we once called water. Not only are the people outraged, but saddened as we are “forced” to live in such conditions as these. Named a racial genocide (Michael Moore ~ HotAir archives), residents such as Moore want those responsible to be held accountable. Not just given a slap on the wrist, but punished for their crimes against an entire city. There are some who claim there isn’t anything wrong with the water, yet they haven’t experienced it firsthand. I feel that there can be other changes made in order to uplift the community, other than informational meetings and water distribution sites. Housing should be provided in a different community for residents, while their area’s pipelines are being fixed. Also money should be given to those who really suffered from this tragedy. Hospital bills, prescriptions, Medicare expenses, should be granted to the residents of Flint who really need it. A city cannot grow if it continues to live in the shadows of past mistakes.
By: Jalyn Brown