DETROIT (JSC) — Greetings & Salutations from the Motor City…bka Home. It’s time for Episode 3 for JSC Radio. This week’s subject: Flint and how my Home State completely screwed the proverbial pooch. Considering I’m back home for Easter, I figured there was no better time to drop this one. It is based on a commentary I wrote for the news outlet I work for in Philadelphia, except it has been updated. When you look at what the State of Michigan, namely Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration, did in allowing Flint’s water to become as bad as any water system that isn’t located in Rio de Janeiro, it’s easy to see that there was a level of malice, neglect, and malfeasance that would make a third world despot blush. The water crisis has shined a light on a city — and a state — what has been through the ringer the last 10 years and still has a lot of work to do to get itself back together. But while this episode does focus on what happened and how it happened, it’s also a shout out to a city who has a lot of great people and deserves a hell of a lot better. Let’s Go.
Coming up on this week’s JSC Radio, I talk about:
- How Flint happened
- My days working in Flint
- Have a highlight from Snyder’s ill-fated trip to Washington
- Give a shout out to the 2000 National Champions
- Explain why Snyder should resign
- Show a little love to the late MC Breed
Also, since this episode was recorded, a couple of things happened in regards to this. First off, Snyder released a 75-point plan that was largely panned and derided by Flint’s city officials. More importantly, a panel that Snyder put together himself to assess how much Flint was mishandled released its findings. Needless to say: It wasn’t good. The panel called the state’s handling an “environmental injustice” as well as this ditty about the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality :
“From a regulatory standpoint, to a protection of human health and the environment standpoint, they missed the boat completely. And it is extremely troublesome to me that an agency whose primary role, once again, is to protect human health and the environment came to these decisions, and they never backed off these decisions, no matter how many red flags they saw.”
Yeah. It’s not going so well in the Mitten right now. You can check out the episode here:
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Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Monday, March 28, 2016.
Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and G.O.M.A.B. Σ