Old Arenas

As seen in Atlanta, Georgia with the destruction of the Georgia Dome we will soon see the destruction of the Silverdome after many years of vacancy. With the now vacancy of the Palace of Auburn Hills and The Joe Louis Arena thanks to the new Little Caesars Arena. My question to the caucus is what should we do with these vacant arenas? Should we keep them for future use or destroy them for a better purpose? If for a better purpose what should it be?   

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The Legionnaires outbreak...

The Legionnaires outbreak in Flint that led to the deaths of 12 Flint residents in 2014 has once again come under the public eye as five Michigan officials are currently facing charges of manslaughter. One of these officials, Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, was quoted saying that he "can't save everyone". Public reaction was disgust and outrage. This comment came from a discussion in May of 2016, but came to surface during the trial. Lyon is also on record as hesitant about further testing of water filters out of fear of "finding something bad".

Pollution in Delhi

Delhi has been experiencing absurd levels of pollution and in the past few days, it has become a state of emergency. Air quality readings in India's captial have been reading 969, when the World Health Organization considers anything above 25 to be unsafe. Schools have closed and people are told to stay inside to avoid the smog and toxins in the air. Some have blamed the change in humidity and lack of wind, however, I couldn't help but think that this speaks to a larger picture.

Grand Rapids Lead Poisoning Issue

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Lead poisoning can cause permanent, irreversible damage to many organs, including the heart, brain, and liver. It is also linked to lower IQs, hyperactivity and aggressive behavior. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, lead poisoning has increasingly been a large problem. Two years ago, 11% of children under 6 in Grand Rapids tested positive for elevated lead levels, which is 5 or more micrograms of lead per deciliter in a blood test. Today, that number has risen to 15.3%.

Bee Population

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Michigan's Lead Problem With It's Water Systems

I would like to start a discussion relating to Michigan’s water systems in light of recent findings. In an article posted on mlive, it says that recent federally mandated testing of Michigan’s water systems showed that 71 of the state’s water systems have higher lead levels than Flint. That’s an incredible finding and makes legislatures and residents of Michigan become aware of the fact that this is not just a local incident. In light of the recent data, I believe that more legislatures will begin to try to overhaul the current water systems in the state of Michigan.

Flint Water Involuntary Manslaughter

I recently came upon the case of the 5 people being charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint Michigan due to the water contamination in the area. They were the first five people to be directly blamed for the crisis that evolved in Flint over the past few years. The article also explains that the addition of common anti-corrosion chemicals could have cost the financially struggling city only $200 a day. This would have been a relatively inexpensive price to pay considering the immese damage that has been done as a result of nonpurified water.

Boil Water Advisory in Oakland County

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Over the past few days, the area of Oakland County, which includes West Bloomfield, Wixom, Farmington Hills, and Novi, has had a boil water warning. This advisory comes as a result of a collapsed water line that is projected to take 4-5 days to fix. This is an issue that is extremely relvevant to me, becuase it's currently affecting my family and friends back home. Many schools cancelled class as a result of this, and the county appears to be at a stand still until the water pipeline is repaired.

House Bill 5116

While reading The Michigan Daily, I saw that there was a House Bill that would amend the Natural Resources and Enviornmental Protection Act "to create the Air Quality Enforcement and Mitigation Fund, which would send fines paid by companies affecting communities identified as 'environmental protection community (s)' back to the communities they are affecting." I thought this was important because it would enforce more companies to think about the environment more, so they don't have to pay so much money back to the people they are harming.

Old Arenas

As seen in Atlanta, Georgia with the destruction of the Georgia Dome we will soon see the destruction of the Silverdome after many years of vacancy. With the now vacancy of the Palace of Auburn Hills and The Joe Louis Arena thanks to the new Little Caesars Arena. My question to the caucus is what should we do with these vacant arenas? Should we keep them for future use or destroy them for a better purpose? If for a better purpose what should it be?   

Article Links

The Legionnaires outbreak...

The Legionnaires outbreak in Flint that led to the deaths of 12 Flint residents in 2014 has once again come under the public eye as five Michigan officials are currently facing charges of manslaughter. One of these officials, Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, was quoted saying that he "can't save everyone". Public reaction was disgust and outrage. This comment came from a discussion in May of 2016, but came to surface during the trial. Lyon is also on record as hesitant about further testing of water filters out of fear of "finding something bad".

Pollution in Delhi

Delhi has been experiencing absurd levels of pollution and in the past few days, it has become a state of emergency. Air quality readings in India's captial have been reading 969, when the World Health Organization considers anything above 25 to be unsafe. Schools have closed and people are told to stay inside to avoid the smog and toxins in the air. Some have blamed the change in humidity and lack of wind, however, I couldn't help but think that this speaks to a larger picture.

Grand Rapids Lead Poisoning Issue

Matthew Mendelsohn's picture

Lead poisoning can cause permanent, irreversible damage to many organs, including the heart, brain, and liver. It is also linked to lower IQs, hyperactivity and aggressive behavior. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, lead poisoning has increasingly been a large problem. Two years ago, 11% of children under 6 in Grand Rapids tested positive for elevated lead levels, which is 5 or more micrograms of lead per deciliter in a blood test. Today, that number has risen to 15.3%.

Michigan's Lead Problem With It's Water Systems

I would like to start a discussion relating to Michigan’s water systems in light of recent findings. In an article posted on mlive, it says that recent federally mandated testing of Michigan’s water systems showed that 71 of the state’s water systems have higher lead levels than Flint. That’s an incredible finding and makes legislatures and residents of Michigan become aware of the fact that this is not just a local incident. In light of the recent data, I believe that more legislatures will begin to try to overhaul the current water systems in the state of Michigan.

Flint Water Involuntary Manslaughter

I recently came upon the case of the 5 people being charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint Michigan due to the water contamination in the area. They were the first five people to be directly blamed for the crisis that evolved in Flint over the past few years. The article also explains that the addition of common anti-corrosion chemicals could have cost the financially struggling city only $200 a day. This would have been a relatively inexpensive price to pay considering the immese damage that has been done as a result of nonpurified water.

Boil Water Advisory in Oakland County

Hello all,

Over the past few days, the area of Oakland County, which includes West Bloomfield, Wixom, Farmington Hills, and Novi, has had a boil water warning. This advisory comes as a result of a collapsed water line that is projected to take 4-5 days to fix. This is an issue that is extremely relvevant to me, becuase it's currently affecting my family and friends back home. Many schools cancelled class as a result of this, and the county appears to be at a stand still until the water pipeline is repaired.

House Bill 5116

While reading The Michigan Daily, I saw that there was a House Bill that would amend the Natural Resources and Enviornmental Protection Act "to create the Air Quality Enforcement and Mitigation Fund, which would send fines paid by companies affecting communities identified as 'environmental protection community (s)' back to the communities they are affecting." I thought this was important because it would enforce more companies to think about the environment more, so they don't have to pay so much money back to the people they are harming.

While walking around the...

While walking around the neighborhood on my way back from class, I came across a sign that said "Oil and Water Don't Mix - Stop the Pipeline." I decided to google what exactly the problem is and why there were so many signs. I found the website the sign was referencing (http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/problem) and it says that "two aging pipelines the heart of the Great Lakes" which carries oil from Canada through Michigan.

Lake Erie's Algae Blooms

Lake Erie was so polluted that in 1974, Time magazine warned that it was “in danger of dying of suffocation.” After this magazine edition was released, a massive cleanup effort was undertaken by legislatures and small businesses alike to make the lake back into the healthy, diverse ecosystem that it had been. However, over the last decade, the incidences of algae blooms occurring in Lake Erie have increased in frequency. What is the problem with these algae blooms?

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Plastic Water Bottles Proposal

 

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Coal Tar Sealers: A Cancer Time Bomb

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Decibel Count Enforcement

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Dioxane Plume

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Stop The Rover Pipeline

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