Snyder confuses public relations with public health solutions

Capital News Service
(This commentary originally appeared in LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder remains under heavy fire for the amount of time it took for him to become publicly concerned with Flint’s escalating unsafe water crisis and to act decisively on those concerns. But the governor is certainly making up for lost time – if you measure concern by the number of press releases flooding from his office. That deluge of pronouncements, announcements, advisories and denouncements reflects a misperception that better PR is – if not a solution to the poisoning of a city– at least a priority deflection of too-slow-to-act criticisms and of the unfavorable and unwelcome international media attention the crisis continues to draw. By my rough tally, for example, his office issued 11 press releases and advisories between Feb.

Meridian Township sends its sympathy — and water — to Flint

By Kelly Sheridan
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

This past year, Flint has made headlines with its ongoing water crisis. Since April 2014, there have been high traces of lead in their tap water, causing it to be unusable by its residents. Forty-five miles southwest of Flint, Meridian Township has less worries about their water system, but still send their sympathy to Flint. “At first, I thought it was being exaggerated,” Michigan State student and Okemos resident Kasey Horan said. “But sadly, at this point, I just hear [stories from Flint] and think, ‘Oh great, here we go again.’”

People from all over the country have reached out to help Flint.