Flint water

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Mar 8, 2016
by: tmyrick
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I just read a three Wikipedia articles about the water:

  1. Drinking water. (2016, March 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:18, March 8, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Drinking_water&oldid=708807604 https://via.hypothes.is/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_water
  2. Water. (2016, February 17). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:19, March 8, 2016 from https://simple.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Water&oldid=5329726. https://via.hypothes.is/https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water
  3. Flint water crisis. (2016, March 7). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:18, March 8, 2016 from https://simple.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Flint_water_crisis&oldid=.... https://via.hypothes.is/https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_water_cr...
  4. I strongly think that this is very important. A lot of people in Flint are getting sick including children.

    One sentence from these articles that stands out for me is:

    one sentence from this article from this article that stands out for me is if this was in 2014, why wasn’t it told the resident’s then? people say that the water wasn’t bothering since 2 years ago.Now, in 2016 it comes up.Flint built its first water treatment plant (now defunct) in 1917. The city built a second plant in 1952. As with many other municipalities at the time, all of the service lines from the cast iron water mains to end users homes were constructed of lead, because it is relatively inexpensive, and easy to work. Lead pipes can leach lead into the water.

    I’m pretty sure this is accurate because,there’s people who have problems that they cannot get rid of. such as, for children,
    Learning difficulties
    Irritability
    Loss of appetite
    Weight loss
    Sluggishness and fatigue
    Abdominal pain
    Vomiting
    Constipation
    Hearing loss

    Another sentence that i agree with is, people say it’s the goverment fault because they have poisoned the water.I was watching this. http://www.democracynow.org/2016/2/17/thirsty_for_democracy_the_poisonin...
    People are still paying for dirty water in flint.They think it isn’t fair.
    i double checked and read an article this fact also.
    There’s something in this article that i think it might be true, people started saying that the flint water was safe afterwards.But, people did not think it was true.
    what i learned was that the flint water crisis is very awful for people who are living there. i think soon or later it will be solved soon or later.

Comments

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Submitted by kfasimpaur on Mon, 2016-03-14 10:33.

Tatiana,

Thank you for writing this (and for being on Youth Voices Live). You have done a lot of research and supplied good information.

One thing that stood out to me is your opinion that it is the government's fault and that this isn't fair. I agree. The water is supplied by the government and it is their responsibility to test it and make sure it is safe. I wonder how long people knew that this was dangerous before they did anything.

I am wondering how many other places might have unsafe water. Maybe people should start testing their own water to see. I think that you can send water samples to a lab (at a university or elsewhere) to get a test done.

Keep writing!

karen

Agreed, but not quiet.

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Submitted by eric_yu2001 on Thu, 2016-03-17 19:38.

As I understand your opinion towards the Flint water crisis, and as I am living in Okemos right now, a neighbor of Lansing which is nearby Flint, I have to point it out that you are arguing between natural science and the government. Yes, the government has been ignoring out and making wrong decisions for Flint, but the lead built up in the pipes is something that is not 100 percent the government's fault. But thank you for doing much research, but I prefer you read something else than wikipedia.

Great topic

Submitted by vickysandoval on Fri, 2016-03-18 14:07.

I think this a great topic to research because it is extremely frustrating to hear about. I like that you mentioned the medical issues that may be correlated to the tainted water, because they are hard to visualize. It was also nice to see that you took a clear stance on the issue instead of just staying in grey water (no pun intended). You may want to mention how the current U.S. political candidates used this issue to their advantage, especially at the Democratic debate.

Agree, but maybe check sources

Submitted by JacobLoose on Fri, 2016-03-18 15:35.

It's good that you are doing research on this topic. You have some good sites except you might want to double check the validity of the source that says the government poisoned the water. The pipes were made out of lead, and like you said, it is a cheap and easy to use material. However, the lead leaked into the which contaminated the water supply in the area. The government should have done more to prevent this unfortunate act, but they were not the fault of this.
I agree though on everything else. Lead is very dangerous when ingested and it has caused many problems in the city so far. I noticed you had quite a few wikipedia sites, which is okay, but you might want to get some different sources.
Good luck on your research!

Good analysis of the issue.

Submitted by timhemm98 on Sun, 2016-03-20 19:03.

Good analysis of the issue. The government did not poison the lead but definitely played a part in the lead poisoning due to their inaction. They did not mean to intentionally harm anyone but definitely made some bad choices. I liked how you brought up the history of this issue.

Flint Water Crisis

Submitted by Douglas Gosselin on Sun, 2016-03-20 19:31.

I think you have a good topic to discuss because this is a current and frustrating issue. I think that you have some flaws in your research that have already been discussed in previous comments, but I think you're headed in the right direction. I appreciated your direct stance on the issue, and if you improve your sources I think that you have a excellent essay in the making.

You did a great job at

Submitted by Apowell16 on Sun, 2016-03-20 21:27.

You did a great job at explaining the crisis and giving your opinion on it based on the facts you have researched. I completely agree and am confused as to why the people of Flint weren't alerted of this issue when it first came about. But, this is why we are being educated on these topics so we can help in any way we can and support the candidates that have a logical and realistic plan to resolve this issue. Besides a few grammatical errors, this is a well thought out post and is supported by more than one resource.

This is a pressing issue, and

Submitted by Aidan C. Larson on Sun, 2016-03-20 22:23.

This is a pressing issue, and I feel as though you are right, there isn't enough attention being put towards it. I feel like you could have done a little bit of a better job with, and taking more time gathering your sources. However, you took a very strong stance and I like to see that. I feel like if you can clean this up a little you will have a very strong piece.

This is a pressing issue, and

Submitted by Aidan C. Larson on Sun, 2016-03-20 22:23.

This is a pressing issue, and I feel as though you are right, there isn't enough attention being put towards it. I feel like you could have done a little bit of a better job with, and taking more time gathering your sources. However, you took a very strong stance and I like to see that. I feel like if you can clean this up a little you will have a very strong piece.

You did a great job of listed

Submitted by slweyrich on Mon, 2016-03-21 01:44.

You did a great job of listed all your resources for the information you found. You also did a great job of listing your opinion to what you agreed on and explaining why. Great work!

Hi

Submitted by charissaboniface on Mon, 2016-03-21 01:49.

Hi thanks for sharing this issue! I enjoyed reading about this because I didn't know anything about this crisis before. Thanks for teaching me about this important issue. I think that you did a great job of describing the problem and backing it up with facts from different sources! I also like how you included these sources so that people can look at the articles as well. Nice job!

Nice job analyzing the issue.

Submitted by iamalex8021 on Mon, 2016-03-21 11:20.

Nice job analyzing the issue. I like that you mentioned that despite this being an enormous issue, with many people sick, people are still paying for the same dirty water. The government has completely snubbed these people for months and done very little to help. Nice sources to back up your points, and it's interesting to see the many symptoms that have resulted from this, many of which are permanent. This is definitely a massive failure of local government that will surely be an issue for a while to come.

Water Crisis

Submitted by Jake_sau on Sun, 2016-03-27 15:55.

This is a strong essay. It's a good essay because you found good information and evidence form credible sources. You took what they had to say and formed your opinion around the new facts and info you learned. You did a very nice job taking pieces out of the article and explaining them, good job!