Politics

Have We Learned Anything From Flint?

Thanks for joining me today. I am here on a “march against corruption.” Anything that smacks of the dark side of politics or a shady business deal is fair game for this blog. Stay with me. My tone is testy because I am tired of business as usual and am campaigning to make changes. I need others to jump on the bandwagon. I will tackle one issue at a time by shining a light on sneaky politicians and corporate monsters. I am sure you can recite a few. Let’s stand against these bulwarks as unsupressable little guys, and gals. Watch for my petitions in the near future.

I have water on the brain, and not the way you might think. I am not a hydrocephalic. I am obsessed with tainted water after reading this blog, the kind we saw damage residents’ health in Flint, Michigan. It was a huge scandal. Public water was poisoning citizens for years and no amount of local protest made a difference until the media got wind of it. Then boom! The word was out and powerful. It became a subject of great interest and water sources around the country were being investigated for pollution. Fortunately, no one panicked (except in Flint). It was not as great as found in Michigan, but still an issue of concern. Since then, we have come to wonder what is in our tap water floating around? I know that there is a lot of alien stuff.

I imagine assorted creepy things, but the water still passes muster. The regulators are fairly lenient in my book. Even though my local water utility company assures me that the water is up to standards, I am skeptical. I don’t trust officials as a rule. This should come as no surprise. I have elected to install a water filter in the house (called a whole house model) just in case. No little flimsy attach-it-yourself unit on the kitchen sink that will wear out in a week. I got a full-scale quality system that uses the reverse osmosis process. I am guaranteed, if even by a salesman, that this is the best method. It works by exerting pressure on water as it passes through a semi-permeable membrane. That’s it. No additives that might leak into your water source. It is pretty economical given the savings on your water bottle purchases, which can add up if you follow the eight glasses a day rule.

I drink with satisfaction knowing that I am safe from water-borne disease. I still think of the poor people in Flint who got sick, some seriously. There is one thing you should be able to count on in life in this modern country, and that is the purity of your water. The government should supply victims with free filtration systems and also pay all medical costs. This goes without saying, but it doesn’t happen. They remedy the problem and expect compliance. People are now on their own.