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They never tell you how much you will miss a simple game. A game that for many will be their first love before that true first love comes along — a game that was invented so long ago that nobody truly knows the exact origin of it.

That simple game would be baseball.

Even though I say it’s a simple game, it is far from the days of the “you throw the ball, catch the ball, and hit the ball” one liner. There are now things called mechanics. There’s pitching mechanics, batting mechanics, and even fielding mechanics. And in this new day and age, baseball comes down to three numbers — batting average, ERA (earned run average), and fielding percentage.

What do you do if you wake up one night and see flames coming out of your neighbor’s home? Call them on the phone? Knock on the door and wait for an answer?

More likely you’d dash over, pound on doors and windows and yell at the top of your voice, “Get up! Get up! Your house is on fire!” And you’d keep doing it until you either broke in or they got out safely.

Of course, the smarter approach would’ve been to report the neighbor kid you saw playing with matches under their front porch all last week.

This is the situation we find ourselves in with Lake Erie.

If you’re like me, you had two responses to the news of lead-laced water in Flint, Michigan. First you thought: “My goodness, how could government allow that to happen?” Then, the next time you opened the tap, you stopped to wonder: “What’s in my water?”

If only we knew. When it comes to knowing what’s in your drinking water, government doesn’t make it easy.

What they don’t tell you: You don’t have to be a conspiracy nut to suspect that the human tendency to cover one’s tracks can influence government decisions about public disclosure on water quality.

 

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