Is this just a way for the Snyder administration to distract the public and investigative journalists from digging deeper into the Flint water fiasco? I don’t know. Not for certain anyway. However the state takeover, the appointment of an emergency manager superseding the authority of the elected city council and mayor and the behind-the-scenes decisions being made by a political appointee instead of by locally-elected officials which we now know will have short-term and long-lasting detrimental negative effects on the health of men, women (pregnant and not) and most-importantly, vulnerable children and students is very troubling if not downright scary.
By Roberto A. Ferdman
The Washington Post
Twenty years ago, a group of researchers began tracking the personalities of 1,420 low-income children in North Carolina. At the time, the goal was simple: to observe the mental conditions of kids living in rural America. But then a serendipitous thing happened.
Four years into The Great Smoky Mountains Study of Youth, the families of roughly a quarter of the children saw a dramatic and unexpected increase in annual income. They were members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and a casino had just been built on the reservation. From that point on, every tribal citizen earned a share of the profits, meaning about an extra $4,000 a year per capita.
For these families, the extra padding was a blessing, enough to boost household incomes by almost 20 percent on average.
But for the fields of psychology, sociology and economics, it has been a gold mine, too.
The sudden change in fortunes has offered a rare glimpse into the subtle but important ways in which money can alter a child’s life.
The dataset is so rich that researchers continue to study it to this day.
PLEASE take a few minutes to read the rest of this remarkable study and its findings here: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/life/family/the-remarkable-thing-that-happens-to-kids-when-their-parents/article_9a18e8b5-2bde-5299-b984-d4c304245d64.html