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Folks, it’s Friday. And as such, I wanted to talk about a great many things…so, let’s get to it!

First off, I am going to get “A Dark and Stormy Night,” “On Westmount Station,” “Columba and the Cat” and “To Survive the Maelstrom” formatted for Barnes and Noble and Smashwords as well as Kindle. This means I will soon be taking all four stories out of the Kindle Unlimited program, so if you still want to read them for free but haven’t yet done so, this is your one and only warning.

When I have the new formats, I’ll be uploading them to Barnes and Noble and Smashwords (and, of course, be putting a cleaner and better-formatted copy on Amazon as well).

I’m excited about this, because it gives me the chance to tap into a wider audience…and besides, these four stories have not exactly burned the house down with regards to sales figures at Amazon alone. Those who’ve read them enjoy them, and many have told me so privately. But they’ve been but lightly reviewed, and mostly haven’t found their audience yet.

Next, I’m still working away at CHANGING FACES. The story continues to evolve. That’s a good thing, in one respect, because it means I’m writing a deeper and richer story; on the not-so-good side is the fact that the more the story continues to evolve, I haven’t any idea how much longer it’s going to take to finish it.

Finally — and this is not about writing, sorry — what in the world is going on in Flint, Michigan? Why did a Governor Rick Snyder-appointed emergency manager allow Flint’s water to become poisoned by lead? And why isn’t Gov. Snyder taking much in the way of responsibility for this?

The people of Flint deserve better from their Governor than this. And make no mistake about it — this problem was created solely by Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), because Snyder is the one who appointed the emergency manager. And the emergency manager, rather than anyone actually voted for by the citizens of Flint, is the one who made the atrocious decision to change where Flint gets its water from, and then not do anything about how corrosive that new water source was…much less test it for lead levels, or anything else.

This is a problem that should’ve been prevented.

It should never have happened, because the people who lived in Flint, including the Mayor of Flint and other elected leaders from that area, all knew that the river water (the new source) needed to be properly treated before sent to Flint. Because that water was not treated, it caused massive problems.

Until Rachel Maddow of MSNBC started talking about Flint’s plight nightly, Gov. Snyder didn’t do anything. He insisted there was no problem for over a year and  a half.

Finally, he allowed for the National Guard to go into Flint and give out water, along with water filters and other helpful items. But much damage has already been done, all because that emergency manager (appointed by Snyder, remember) insisted on saving a few nickels by using the river water instead of the water from Detroit (that was properly treated and much safer to use) and didn’t either know that the water had to be chemically treated before human use or just didn’t care.

Here’s just a few of the problems the people of Flint, Michigan are facing right now:

  • All 8,000 children in Flint have been exposed to toxic levels of lead. And all of them now have the potential for many medical problems, including cognitive difficulties (and at worst, mental retardation).
  • Because of the lead in the water, no one in Flint can sell his/her home. That lead, and other chemicals besides, have corroded the pipes.
  • This has drastically hurt Flint’s image, and has pushed away businesses who might’ve wanted to relocate there.

Now, why haven’t the people of Michigan risen up as of yet and demanded satisfaction from their Governor over this debacle? I don’t know.

What I do know is that this problem should not be occurring in the United States of America. We are not a Third-World country.

But there is a solution for Michigan, folks, and it’s simple: Recall Governor Snyder.

Why? Because Michigan’s elected representatives have thus far failed to impeach or otherwise hold Governor Snyder accountable for this debacle. And when the duly elected officials refuse to do their job, it’s time for the people themselves to step in and do it for them.

The buck stops with him, and Gov. Snyder has failed in his responsibilities.

So it’s time for him to go. Period.

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  1. Why? In 2014, the City of Flint began undertaking a water supply switch-over from Lake Huron to the Flint River.[14] After the switch was made, residents immediately complained about the smell, taste, and color of the water, as well as skin problems after bathing.[15][16] State and city officials reassured the public that Flint’s water was safe, with Mayor Walling personally testifying to its safety by drinking the water on local television and tweeting that he and his family drink Flint water every day.[17][18]

    The water supply was at the center of the November 2015 election.[17] Despite reassurances from officials, investigations revealed Flint’s new water supply to be extremely corrosive and contain levels of lead high enough to meet the EPA’s definition of toxic waste.[19][20] Doctors voiced concern that those exposed may suffer permanent and lifelong injury and will need to be tracked for years to measure the full scale of the damage.[21] Walling ultimately lost his re-election bid to Karen Weaver.[17][22][23]

    After Mayor Weaver replaced Walling, she declared a state of emergency.[24] The White House responded to the crisis by authorizing FEMA to coordinate disaster relief.[25][26] Flint residents brought class-action lawsuits against several state and city officials, including former Mayor Walling and Governor Rick Snyder
    Did you know Walling is a Democrat? Do you know that Flint has been in Financial distress since 2002?
    Did you the Mayor who got replaced in 2002 is the State House Representative for the 34th district which includes Flint. He was Mayor for 11 years and is a Democrat. Donald J. Williamson served as mayor of Flint, Michigan from 2003 to 2009, Democrat look up his Wiki.
    EPA knew about problems.
    But of course the Democrats want the Republican Governors head.

    Thomas Monaghan

    January 22, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Only Republican in sight of the problem is the Governor the rest Democrats.

      Thomas Monaghan

      January 22, 2016 at 10:38 am

      • Tom, the Emergency Manager, technically, is non-partisan. And he’s the one I’m the angriest with, because he’s the only one who had any real power. (The former Mayor was wrong in saying the water was safe when it wasn’t. And he’s a D. I’m glad he’s gone. But he had no power to affect the outcome, even had he been yelling in fury as I wish he’d have been doing.)

        To me, Tom, this is a nonpartisan issue. I’d be angry at any Gov. who did this regardless of party. This was just a horrible, horrible decision and it angers me; I want those people in Flint to be able to live decent lives, without the seemingly high probability of lead poisoning from a tainted water supply — all because of an elementary school type of mistake, because everyone should know that river water is not drinkable without being filtered and treated.

        Barb Caffrey

        January 22, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    • Yes, I knew all that, Tom. It’s a multi-level problem.

      The main reason I blame Gov. Snyder more than any of them is that ultimately, he appointed the city manager who made the abhorrent decision in this case to _not_ treat the river water.

      Personally, I am glad the former Mayor has been replaced. He didn’t do what he could to stop this.

      My point all along was about the Water Department, though — Tom, what could those folks have done differently? They may well have known this was messed up from the start, but how could they do anything without money?

      I know from swimming in various rivers that river water needs to be properly treated in order to safely drink it. So even not knowing that this water was corrosive, why didn’t the emergency manager realize the water had to be treated?

      And yes, you’re right that this crisis was many years in the making. I would like to know what former Gov. Grantholm (a D) knew about this mess, much less the problems that are going on with four other Michigan cities regarding their water supply.

      Barb Caffrey

      January 22, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      • The city manager was picked by the previous City Manager. Earley, who made the final selection of Henderson from 27 applicants, said she “will arrive at an important point as the city prepares to move into a transition period from state-appointed emergency management to home rule order.

        Thomas Monaghan

        January 22, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      • Interesting.

        Still, Snyder had to sign off on it. And it was his idea to continue with the EM situation; he actually said so back in 2012 and 2013 and before this mess with the water in Flint started in ’14.

        Barb Caffrey

        January 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm

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