Flint, Michigan's Lead Drinking Water Problem is their Own Doing

First I have to wonder why when the politicians were wasting the public funds the emergency wasn’t declared. Now that the horse is out of the barn, they want everyone else to come to their aid. I for one think whoever was in office at a time when revenues that should have been spent on infrastructure maintenance was being wasted should be investigated and all their names made public. You want our money, come clean.

Don’t Poison Our Kids! is one placard being held by a protestor who is obviously looking for a handout. Who are they asking? Anyone who will listen?  What it should say is The last one moving out of Flint, Michigan, please turn off the lights!

How come we never hear from the citizens of Flint and Detroit when the money is being wasted or stolen by public officials? I’m not sure there is a difference. Why do the concerned voices assemble only after the drinking water is poisoned and not when the money is being wasted or stolen? 

Flint switched from Detroit's water system last year to the Flint River as part of a cost-cutting move while under the state's emergency financial management. Officials had estimated the cash-strapped city would save about $5 million in less than two years because of the change.

Tapping from the Flint River was supposed to be an interim source until the city could join a new system getting water from Lake Huron.

Lead in the drinking water is a serious problem, because it can cause all sorts of neurologic problems for young children. But lead in the drinking water isn't the most pressing problem. Flint's government officials are.

It seems we have larger communities voting into office, inept and corrupt politicians who waste public revenues. In my book, if you vote for a corrupt government, you are stuck with their decisions. This is a Michigan problem not a national one. There are no participation trophies for corrupt or stupid voters. If you want the federal government to take over the running of your city or town then so-be-it, but there should be no handouts to stupid criminals. You want my advice? Move!

NIH Information

Symptoms of Lead Exposure and Poisoning

There are many possible symptoms of lead poisoning. Lead can affect many different parts of the body. A single high dose of lead can cause severe emergency symptoms.

However, it is more common for lead poisoning to build up slowly over time. This occurs from repeated exposure to small amounts of lead. In this case, there may not be any obvious symptoms. Over time, even low levels of lead exposure can harm a child's mental development. The health problems get worse as the level of lead in the blood gets higher.

Lead is much more harmful to children than adults because it can affect children's developing nerves and brains. The younger the child, the more harmful lead can be. Unborn children are the most vulnerable.

Possible complications include:

  • Behavior or attention problems

  • Failure at school

  • Hearing problems

  • Kidney damage

  • Reduced IQ

  • Slowed body growth

The symptoms of lead poisoning may include:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping (usually the first sign of a high, toxic dose of lead poison)

  • Aggressive behavior

  • Anemia

  • Constipation

  • Difficulty getting pregnant

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Headaches

  • Hearing loss

  • Irritability

  • Loss of previous developmental skills (in young children)

  • Low appetite and energy

  • Reduced sensations

Very high levels of lead may cause vomiting, staggering walk, muscle weakness, seizures, or coma.

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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