The lead problem
The article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “City left lead-poisoned kids at risk, report says” about the draft state Department of Health Services report again points out how the city has neglected to protect our children from toxic lead poisoning (June 3).
The only adequate response to lead in paint and in the water is to remove and replace all lead paint and water pipes at all residential residences. The city has known about lead paint since the ’70s and lead water pipes since the mid-’90s and has failed to deal with the issue.
On lead water pipes, the city says we do not have money to replace them, yet takes millions of dollars per year generated by the city Water Department and puts it in the general fund, not to replace lead water pipes, but to pay for priorities like a parking lot for the Milwaukee Bucks and a trolley line for downtown residents.
The children affected by lead poisoning are primarily African American and Hispanic, while those benefited by city downtown investments are predominately white adults. What does that say about us?
Bob Graf Milwaukee