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Susan J. Demas: Everybody is ‘politicizing’ Flint –– and nobody should care

The following column appeared in Dome Magazine.

“What I would say is: Politicizing the issue doesn’t help matters. Let’s focus in on the solution and how to deal with the damage that was done and help the citizens of Flint and make Flint a stronger community.” – Gov. Rick Snyder in response to criticism from Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Detroit News, Jan. 19

The Flint water crisis is, first and foremost, about people. Young children are most susceptible to lead poisoning, so the devastating reality is that they’re facing a lifetime of health issues. And we don’t know how many people have been harmed, which is horrifying, in and of itself.

Reasonable people don’t dispute these facts.

Susan J. Demas: Can we find common ground on abortion after the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting?

Like many people who consider themselves pro-choice, I've tried to find common ground with the other side for years.

I've known the joy of motherhood and the sorrow of miscarriage. And I've come out of the experience believing that women and their doctors should be trusted to make healthcare decisions. 

But truthfully, "pro-choice" and "pro-life" aren't accurate labels for many people. Abortion is an intensely personal issue. And for many, it's rather complicated.

We know that half of all pregnancies are unintended. Sometimes they end in abortion. Sometimes parents have kids they're unprepared for — and yes, tragically, sometimes they have children they don't really want. Sometimes it's a happy surprise for everyone.

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Susan J. Demas: Ted Cruz, the Duggars and the limits of right-wing victimhood

Ted Cruz was riding high this week, hurling red meat at a rapt crowd in blood-red Livingston County.

Then the GOP presidential hopeful decided to lob a familiar, rambling joke:

"You know, Vice President Joe Biden. You know the nice thing. You don't need a punchline. I promise you it works. At the next party you're at, just walk up to someone and say, 'Vice President Joe Biden,' and just close your mouth. They will crack up laughing."

Just five days earlier, Biden lost his son, Army Maj. Beau Biden, to brain cancer. The vice president, who years ago also lost his first wife and daughter, hadn't even buried Beau when Cruz made the crack.

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