NewsFlint Water Crisis


Flint water viewer sound-off!

Posted at 7:20 PM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2021-01-14 16:00:04-05

Our recent WXYZ Editorial on the Flint water crisis has dominated our Community Comments. Ken Hreha writes:

"Good editorial.  Full transparency is the key to uncovering what exactly went terribly bad in Flint.  Governor Snyder should know that good leaders help people out in times of crisis as did President Lyndon B. Johnson when he went to assist he people stuck in the aftermath of Great Hurricane Betsy in 1965."

Dwain Watkins disagreed.  He said:

"I think you have missed the point.  Snyder's actions have already spoken louder than his words ever could.  Had he taken care of this . . . he would not be apologizing now, after so many people are affected forever".

Joe Balser sent us this message:

Snyder's actions are worse than (Kwame Kilpatrick), the former Mayor of Detroit who went to jail for his public actions. . . .He should be removed from office for his criminal actions, be tried in a court of law and be held personally financially responsible for his actions."

Drake Herz writes:

"Sue the criminal public officials until they are broke.   . . . You can be our voice, it's your calling!"

 And finally, this e-mail from Dennis Green, the retired head water systems engineer at the Detroit Water & Sewage Department.

"Most of the charges on your water bill pertain to sewage treatment. People in Flint did get that part of the service, so they shouldn't expect relief for the entire bill. . . . State law mandates charging based on actual costs, which prevents charging based on ability to pay.  This legislation needs reconsideration on humanitarian grounds."

That's it for now. Thanks for writing and watching.

I'm Chuck Stokes, Editorial Director

Broadcast: January 28 - 31, 2016