State’s Handling of Flint Water Samples Delayed Action

Jessica Owens of Flint holds a bottle of water from her home she collected she said had been proved to have lead while protesting outside of the Kettering University Innovation Center in Flint on Oct. 2, 2015, during an announcement of an action plan for Flint drinking water following warnings of high levels of lead in the water.

State’s handling of Flint water samples delayed action

By Paul Egan

December 24, 2015

Excerpt: “The state is the one monitoring these decisions,” LeeAnne Walters said. “They should be doing their job accurately. Someone should be holding them accountable for not doing things the way they were supposed to.”

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  1. Impeachment of Governor should start. Children in Flint poisoned and billions of dollars stolen from Detroit during bankruptcy. So many are confused about who presently owns the art at the DIA. The city no longer owns it. That is no longer in contention. What should be contested is the value that the city should have received for it and what should have been done with the proceeds.

    During the bankruptcy the city was forced to relinquish ownership of the art and in return debt was forgiven in the amount of $500 million in present value terms. It was a bad deal in that appraisals came in at between $4 and $9 billion dollars and this did not include the entire collection. Many estimated the entire collection to be worth between $10 and $15 billion.

    It is worth putting this transaction at a personal level. Assume you were a head of a family of three living in Detroit and working at WalMart making $7.75 per hour. You rented your house, did not own a car and took the bus to work every day. Further, you just inherited a piece of art worth $100,000. What would you do?

    One option would be to hang the artwork on the wall in the living room for family and visitors to enjoy it. A second option would be to sell the art, purchase a small home and go to a trade school to get a better job.

    Why didn’t we give the people a chance to do this with the art they owned?

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