Flint, Mich. is once again in the news for all wrong reasons. As if the city hasn’t endured enough through impoverishment and a rapid rise in violent crime, thanks largely to “free trade” boondoggles that sent GM and other industries to Mexico, Flint is now under a state of emergency because of lead in its tap water that is poisoning its residents. Nearly two years ago, the state decided to save money by switching Flint's water supply from Lake Huron, to the Flint River, a notoriously filth tributary that runs through town. To Flint’s residents, this announcement seemed like something one would find on the satirical Onion website. In other words, a joke, given the Flint River’s widespread reputation as being highly corrosive and full of toxic waste. Unfortunately, the announcement was all too real, and to no one’s surprise, Flint’s citizens are now paying with their health, as a result of being made to pay for toxic water. Since the entire point of the exercise was to cut corners and pinch pennies, it should come as no surprise that the state completely ignored federal law that required Flint River water to be treated with anti-corrosive agents to have any chance of being potable. According to experts, at a cost of about $100 per day, treatment with these anti-corrosives could have prevented 90 percent of the problems with Flint’s water. Instead, the corrosive water was permitted to course through Flint’s lead-lined pipes, causing widespread leaching of that lead, a highly potent neurotoxin, into the drinking water flowing to resident’s homes. The results have been a predictable litany of neurological and other health problems for Flint’s children, who are most susceptible to lead toxicity, and other residents.
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Yes, I am super excited about the firm trip to Las Vegas! I’ve always wanted to have the Vegas experience. I, along with Jeanne Dedo and her husband, have booked a helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon! That has been something else I have always wanted to do – see the Grand Canyon. I really didn’t want to use up an entire day by driving there so I decided to take the helicopter. While I’m pretty nervous about it, I’m also thrilled that I will be seeing the Grand Canyon. I can check two things off of my bucket list with this trip.
The world and our country are changing. Some of those changes may be welcome, and some of them not so much, but many of them are beyond our power, here in West Virginia, to control. The choices we face are not about whether change is coming, but whether we will capitalize on new circumstances, or simply sit still.
As I meet more and more people in the course of my campaign, I am frequently asked about why I am doing this. Folks see the time and effort my supporters and I are putting into this race, and they naturally wonder what it is about being a Circuit Judge that would make me so determined to reach that position. I spent a good deal of time thinking about that question when people first started asking me to run clear back in 2011, and I continue thinking about it now. The answers are always the same.
If you don’t have a garage or a remote starter, you need to let your vehicle run for a while to warm up and defrost the windows. So, sometimes when it is really cold and icy, it makes sense to go back in the house to wait and stay warm. In some states, the police refer to this practice as “puffing”. The vehicle will have puffs of smoke coming out of the tailpipe and that is what the police look for when they see puffing. If you are not in your vehicle, while it is “puffing” you can possibly be fined.
Many of you who regularly read our blogs may know that over the course of the last year and a half, due to the encouragement of my daughter, Aleigha, I have done some acting at the Towngate Theatre. We have experienced what many mother-daughter duos never have the opportunity to enjoy together. We have acted in the same theatrical presentations, but this time in the upcoming production of “Charlotte’s Web,” it’s a little different in that most of the time while we are on stage, we are side by side.
I woke up one recent morning to hear that the Buffalo Bills had announced the hiring of the first female coach for their special teams. This comes on the heels of having our first female referee in the league. What a huge step for the Bills to take. It shows people around the world that women can know as much about the game of football as well as any man. Hopefully this will open new doors for us in other leagues, too.
As I am sure most people reading this are aware, there was an intense and physical football game recently played between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. Pittsburgh’s star receiver, Antonio Brown, was ruled out against the Denver Broncos due to a vicious hit he took from a Cincinnati player named Vontaze Burfict. Burfict is the same player who the Steelers accused of celebrating after Le’Veon Bell suffered a season ending injury and appeared to have intentionally kneed Ben Roethlisberger in the shoulder after tackling him.
From age five, sports were basically my life. If I wasn’t playing basketball, kickball or running bases outside with the kids who lived on my street, you would find me in a gym practicing. I grew up around my older sisters playing numerous sports and with a dad who was a sports fanatic. I played in so many organizations that I don’t know how my parents kept track of where I was supposed to be and when. These organized sports included basketball for the school I attended, AAU basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming (indoor and outdoor seasons), volleyball for the school I attended and junior Olympics volleyball.