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TRUST

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Every day a person goes to their faucet to get a drink of water they exhibit a level of trust. They trust their water company, the local officials, and their government. They trust the water coming out of the faucet is safe, this trust hurt people in Flint, Michigan. Reuters News Agency reported, “emails between high-ranking Michigan State officials show they knew about an uptick in Legionnaires ‘disease and it could be linked to problems with Flint River water.”

The people of Flint began using pipe-corroding water in April 2014. It was between June 2014 and November 2015 that “90 people in Genesee County came down with Legionnaires' disease.” News sources reported, “Ten of the cases of the illness, which is caused by bacteria, were fatal.” Other side effects of drinking the contaminated water resulted in loss of hair, weight loss, and unexplained rashes. In some children, brain damage and developmental delays occurred all of which appeared to be the result of lead poisoning.

Trust is fragile and can be broken in a variety of ways within a relationship between two people or between governing officials and the people. In the case of Flint River, simply withholding information about the contaminated water source resulted in the broken trust.– Jim L. Wilson and Kevin C. Hall

http://www.ibtimes.com/how-many-people-have-died-flint-water-legionnaires-disease-deaths-possibly-linked-2331461

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-michigan-water-idUSKCN0VD2Q3

1 Corinthians 1:8–9 (HCSB) “He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful; you were called by Him into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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