If Michigan State elected or appointed took inappropriate action, they need to be held accountable. The City of Flint is also responsible through its elected and appointed and need to be held accountable. The citizens of Flint are not up to overseeing their politicians, much to their loss like the rest of our country. The children are suffering as a result and that is flat bad. The people that live there, own or rent need to take the first line of protection of their families, homes and neighborhoods. That would be such a good thing. BUT will it happen? It could, but the lack of citizen responsibility is evident in most big industrial cities.
Probably, placing something important enough as your drinking water in the hands of unknown strangers, who may or may not take their job conscientiously, is dangerous. I fear that public education via the “media” has contributed to this ignorance. When city, town, county, township, village, schools, parks, traffic, roads, bridges, elec power, gas lines, ALL that stuff gets too big to keep a close eye on (tax spending).
How much and how easy is it to get the water checked from your homes? It used to be easy but in the last 25 years it has been lost to bureaucracies. The bigger the bureaucracy the more it costs and the less it delivers. So personal responsibility needs to be refreshed and the testing of water made accessible to all.
Side note: Politics= mayor goes to Washington D.C. to call on Valerie Jarred who is going to appoint a Water Czar.