107 InnovativeHealthMag.com This is the letter that Sue Walter sent to the White House: ‘‘ NOW THE WORLD IS WATCHING AND YOU NEED TO GO OUT OF OFFICE KNOWING YOU CARED FOR SOME OF THE POOREST IN THE COUNTRY. ‘‘ I received two tickets. That Wednesday I left our store, Flint Stool & Chair, by 11:45 a.m., with my sister-in- law Jen, also a Flint resident. We arrived at Northwestern High School. The streets were lined with people. They had signs and were chanting, “Flint Lives Matter.” Months of anger were being released. The clouds turned dark and grey to match the mood. The thousand that came to hear our Commander-in-Chief would not be denied. And it poured rain! As President Obama walked to the podium, we began clapping and cheering loudly. He did encourage us to settle down! He told us what we had been longing to hear: this never should have happened. This was a manmade disaster. We have been let down by our government whose responsibility it is to provide us with clean, safe drinking water. He gave encouragement to young mothers whose children have been HOMEOWNERS WERE UPSET WITH THE COLOR AND THE TASTE. IN JANUARY 2015, WE RECEIVED A LETTER THAT FLINT WAS IN VIOLATION OF THE SAFE WATER DRINKING ACT DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF TOTAL TRIHALOMETHANES (TTHM). Mrs. Susan R. Walter Flint, Michigan Submitted via whitehouse.gov 1/16/2016 8:48 a.m. President Obama, Please help us with our water crisis in the city of Flint, MI. I am angry for how long this has taken to finally get acknowledged and yes some people will need to be held accountable. The only answer we need now is when can we get started on new pipes? This is the only true fix that will ease the minds of the people of Flint. Our government has a responsibility to provide its people with clean water to drink. Now the world is watching and you need to go out of office knowing you cared for some of the poorest in the country. We have been a broken city since GM left and this water crisis has been another dagger in the heart. I have supported you for both terms and know you will do what is right. Just hurry please our children are depending on you. ~Mrs. Susan Walter taste right. It smelled of strong chemicals. No complaints came from me. Having half my tongue removed in a six-surgery procedure, I had no taste buds. News articles appeared weekly in the Fall. General Motors stopped using the water; it was corroding their machine parts. Homeowners were upset with the color and the taste. In January 2015, we received a letter that Flint was in violation of the Safe Water Drinking Act due to high levels of total trihalomethanes (TTHM). Soon we began hearing news reports of Flint children with high levels of lead and others with Legionnaires’ disease. The community was angry; we all wanted answers. I wrote to Mayor Walling. No response came. I wrote Governor Snyder. I received no answer. Today my kitchen is filled with cases of water. In the corner a water crock sits; I use this for cooking. For those of us living in Flint, our lives have changed. Everyone’s faucet has a filter. Our weekly routine includes a stop at the fire department for our ration of water. Last Saturday while eating dinner, the phone rang. “This is Greg Phillips from the White House. Do you remember writing the President about the Flint water?” he asked. Yes, I remembered! He then invited me to come see the President, who would be in town the next Wednesday. lead-poisoned. He promised every child the Medicaid they will need. He told us, “I got your back and will help make this city whole again.” With the promise of local, state, and federal funds, we will get new pipes, but we need to be patient. The President’s speech filled with hope, inspired us to keep moving forward. We are a strong community. We will survive this disaster. May the history books prove me right.
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