635792387351029501-water-back-1-1-MGC1V46P-L681818488Governor Rick Snyder issued a tardy apology this past Tuesday to residents of Flint for supplying them with what has been discovered to be contaminated water all in an effort to cut costs.

“I’m sorry, and I will fix it,” Mr. Snyder said in a State of the State address The Flint water crisis has consumed the state in recent weeks and has drawn condemnation from national politicians including Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

“No citizen of this great state should endure this kind of catastrophe. Government failed you — federal, state and local leaders — by breaking the trust you place in us,” he added. “I’m sorry most of all that I let you down,” he said. “You deserve better. You deserve accountability. You deserve to know that the buck stops here with me. Most of all, you deserve to know the truth, and I have a responsibility to tell the truth.”

Mr. Snyder cited repeated missteps by members of his administration, including misunderstanding regulations and failing to immediately identify the presence of lead in Flint’s drinking water. He also said that he was told the lead problem was limited to one household, and that worries about lead were raised as long ago as last February. He pointedly thanked the whistle-blowers who detected the lead levels in the water and in children’s blood, prompting a flurry of action in recent weeks. Additionally, he promised to seek $28 million in state funds for Flint residents to provide more bottled water, health care for children in the city, and improvements to the city’s troubled infrastructure.

“To the families in Flint, it is my responsibility, my commitment to deliver,” Mr. Snyder continued. “I give you my commitment that Michigan will not let you down.”

President Obama, who signed an emergency declaration releasing $5 million in federal assistance recently met with the Mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver, in Washington.

“The president heard firsthand how the residents of Flint are dealing with the ongoing public health crisis and the challenges that still exist for the city, its residents and the business community,” according to a statement describing the meeting.

The Detroit Free Press along with Flint residents are demanding full accountability, starting with the governor’s emails, which under state law were protected from public scrutiny. On Monday, protesters marched outside Mr. Snyder’s apartment building in Ann Arbor, calling for his arrest.

“What took the governor so long to do something about this?” asked Dan Reyes, 46, an autoworker and Flint resident who brought bottles full of the city’s tap water to offer to legislators. “The message is clear to us: Flint is a predominantly minority, poor community. In Flint, you don’t matter to Snyder’s brand of politician.”

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  • Mr. Z

    The nice way to say this: “Take a plate and drop it. it will break. Apologize to it. Did it fix the plate?”

    The succinct way to say this: “F*** your apology. Go drink some of that Flint water and tell us how you like it.”

  • The poisoning of water in Flint, Michigan is a total crime. Members of the Governor’s team slandered studies that criticized the discovered high levels of lead. The Governor has been involved in union busting and other retrograde policies in Michigan. He also used anti-democratic emergency managers instead of elected people to govern many policies in Flint, Detroit, Pontiac, Allen Park, Benton Harbor, Ecorse, etc. Flint is a city that was a victim of bad policies from local and state governments. The Root estimates that 50 percent of Black Michiganders live under “emergency management,” compared to only 2 percent of the state’s white population. Flint is 60 percent black. We can do the math. State authorities caused this man-made crisis and now they want to respond when they have been caught. So, his token apology is part of him covering up himself from possible lawsuits and prosecution. Rick needs to resign and held accountable for his evil actions. Also, we want local and other state authorities, who were involved in this crisis, to be held into account too.

    • eLLe D.

      EXACTLY. Like I said, he needs to be imprisoned. They knew what they were doing and he tried it by pulling the Feds in this. HE is the one responsible for the State, and all those in his charge, he [and his team] can go down with this ship, and drown in that toxic water for all I care.

    • Good Evening Sister.

      I agree with you.

      This story makes us furious. Dangerous levels of lead can cause little kids to have their cognitive abilities to be damaged for life. This is a straight up crime. Yes, he or the Governor and his cronies should be prosecuted and imprisoned as protesters and even Michael Moore have said. Kids will be damaged of their physiology for life because of the contaminated water. He should be held into account.

    • eLLe D.

      Good evening brother–Exactly, this governor and his team directly put lives in danger-straight up. Some have already died.

    • RIP to those who have died. The actions of the Governor and others involved are criminal. An average person who poisons water will go to prison. We all feel for the victims of this crisis. We congratulate those who sent filters, water bottles, and other supplies to help the citizens of Flint, Michigan.

    • eLLe D.

      Yes, we do and we continue to pray for their/our resiliency regardless, change gon come.

    • Amen Sister.

  • bricktop_MelindaM

    Mr. Snyder probably drank a bottle of Evian water before he gave that trumped up State of the State address. This contaminated water mess played out like something in a third world country. Folks are not in the mood to hear his apologies. They just might forgive him in the year of never!

    • Exactly. Some kids will be damaged physically for life because of his actions.

    • bricktop_MelindaM

      This is the most outrageous part of the scandal. Kids will have long term health and mental issues. They can say what they want but this mess would have never gone down in one of those affluent suburbs outside of Detroit.

    • If this went down in the affluent suburbs outside of Detroit, many people would be arrested ASAP in my opinion. Kids being hurt like this will cause anyone to feel anger at how a tragedy like this has harmed lives. This is why true accountability must transpire.

    • bricktop_MelindaM

      I hear you. It makes me angry when all this nonsense was because they were trying to be cheap. They switched to the Flint River trying to cut cost. They were told to treat the water with chemicals. They didn’t do this, again trying to be cheap. The governor is now begging the federal government to declare Flint a disaster area because him and his cronies tried to save a few dollars. They will claim the emergency manager was trying to reduce cost but in the end they have increased cost beyond their wildest dreams. The city and state will be paying the cost of all these lead poisoned children for decades. Brother, I’m now off my soap box.

    • Sister, you spoke the truth. We all feel for the children and adults who are the victims of this criminal contamination. Yes, they want to cut corners and they caused the pollution of the water in Flint.

  • Dr.Rue

    They should force him to drink the water. He should be out of a job. See this is why I don’t drink from the tap. I’m just waiting for my city to be the next city revealed to have super contaminated water.