Water

Dear J—

When they talk about lead poisoning in Flint it reminds me of Bunker Hill back from when I was growing up. That was a limited number of lead poisoning cases and the threshold they established was a cool million per child, payable once they turned eighteen and that seemed like all the money in the world at that time, though I guess weighed against future earnings and medical costs, it was really only a pittance at best.

For Flint it’s the inaction that gets me: why should it take so long to come up with a viable repair plan? We have decent remote tools and technologies, but the attention is more focused on attention grabbing donations and glad handing political opportunities. How long would it take to install filters for every house, for neighborhoods, or is it better to gut the infrastructure and start anew? Where’s CC Myer when you need them?

Mike

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