Susan J. Demas: The whole world is watching Flint

When national and international attention becomes fixated on Michigan, it's rarely a good thing.

Starting in the '80s, our huge auto job losses caused media to periodically flock to ogle ruin porn in Detroit. Jack Kevorkian's attention-grabbing antics made Michigan the assisted-suicide capital in the '90s (and probably set the cause back decades).

Three years ago, it was Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to sign Right to Work in the birthplace of the UAW (which began to tarnish some of his moderate sheen).

Today, it's Flint — the once-bustling auto mecca that was home to the 1936-37 sit-down strikes at GM.

Susan J. Demas: The Flint water crisis will cause pain for decades to come

The Flint water crisis is one of those stories that seems too terrible to be true. 

Journalists frequently hear from citizens who believe the government is actively doing harm to them.

Often, it's people expressing ideological and political differences, like complaining about taxes — which is their right. Sometimes folks launch into conspiracies, like chem trails, which I ignore.

But what happened in Flint is a textbook case of government literally hurting people.

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