Actually, Mr. Moore, Flint Does Need Bottled Water

Dear Michael Moore,

Thank you for your concern for the people of Flint. You offered some very nice insight on long-term solutions, and I completely agree with you that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder needs to be held accountable for this situation. There is one issue I have with your letter, however: Flint needs water now, and the best solution for now is bottled water.

I hear on a daily basis from people who live in Flint and who volunteer their IMG_0613time to help with the crisis there. Many of them are quite angry with the governor and want federal assistance with the situation. There are others who don’t care about politics. All of them are on the exact same page about this one thing: Flint needs water now, and the best solution for now is bottled water.

You are right that nothing is going to fix the damage already done. Many people in Flint, particularly children, have already and will continue to suffer brain damage that will affect them the rest of their lives. When all is said and done, the toll on people’s health will likely prove to be enormous. That doesn’t change one thing right now: Flint needs water now, and the best solution for now is bottled water.

Your “active shooter” analogy was interesting, but it doesn’t really seem applicable here. All the bullets have already been fired. Ultimately, the people responsible do need to be brought to justice, but right now the injured people need first aid. Federal intervention likely will help, and hopefully FEMA can address this problem: Flint needs water now, and the best solution for now is bottled water.

The National Guard, Red Cross, and many other organizations are working on the problem. Numerous volunteers are dedicating entire days and even weeks of their lives to help. Despite all this, there are still several gaps in distribution of bottled water to various households. Recalling and/or arresting the governor will not get them water. No political solutions will solve this one critical and very present problem: Flint needs water now, and the best solution for now is bottled water.

Installing 55-gallon drums in homes to be refilled daily is a fantastic long-term solution. However, that doesn’t get clean water into the hands of people who need it right now. There are plumbers volunteering their time to install filters in homes so that people can have clean water right now. Maybe you could donate some money and supplies to them while they wait for those 55-gallon drums. Either way, there is one inescapable truth that you missed: Flint needs water now, and the best solution for now is bottled water.

As you pointed out in your letter, you are also correct that all these plastic bottles are going to create quite an environmental catastrophe. This is going to be a big problem in the long term. However, there is a short-term problem that is quite critical: Flint needs water now, and the best solution for now is bottled water.

So in conclusion, Mr. Moore, thank you for showing so much concern for the city you left decades ago. I’m sure your celebrity status will help elevate the conversation about bringing solutions to the people in Flint who are suffering. But let’s not allow our political agendas get in the way of the present and most important problem: Flint needs water now, and the best solution for now is bottled water.

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