This problem is not exclusive to Flint, but rather, it is just one example of America's crumbling infrastructure. 65,000 bridges in the U.S. are in need of repair, and 75% of U.S. nuclear sites have radioactive leaks. Yet, as frightening as those examples are, nothing is more intimately upsetting to a parent, than the idea of their children being slowly poisoned in their own homes, by the very hands that serve them.
Lead is a national time bomb in the water supply, not just in Flint, but in cities across the country, and governors everywhere need to address this issue. Thankfully, the media is focusing on Flint and bringing about awareness. This is the epic battle between the governed and those who govern. While deeply upsetting, the dialogue is a beautiful example of activism, free speech, journalism and democracy working toward accountability and safety.
One thing that is not crumbling is the infrastructure of the community in Flint. The people of Flint are heroes, who have never given up, throughout many struggles, and they continue to fight to be heard and preserve the only home they have known. What is essential is everyone now come together in sane and compassionate conversation. On all sides of this issue, we must put the children first, not politics or divisive rhetoric. What is needed most of all is the great spirit of forgiveness.
Forgiveness represents the resiliency of the American spirit, for we have always overcome our divisions to reclaim our unity. But forgiveness is a lot easier with transparency and accountability, which are also hallmarks of America's great aspirations. The people of Flint deserve to be heard and respected. They deserve answers and self-reflection. This is really an opportunity to consider this problem on a national level, and it is an opportunity for the community and government to showcase the care and compassion we all deserve.
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|Forgiveness represents the resiliency of the American spirit, for we have always overcome our divisions to reclaim our unity.
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"I live in Austin, Texas with my wife Jenni, and I have three amazing daughters. I am a simple person, who as a boy, ran around barefoot on a dirt-road in Alabama — dreaming of being a writer. I am probably best known as a writer of pithy sayings and small, simple aphorisms which have found their way into tens-of-thousands of publications, including by some of the biggest publishers in the world. I love to inspire people and show them their inner-beauty. I see the world spiritually. My mission is to cause people to consider kinder ways in which we could do business, structure our relationships and treat the world." Bio