Column: Here’s what we can do to combat disinformation
As the state representative of Michigan’s 41st House District, the health of my constituents is my No. 1 priority — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken the lives of too many Michigan residents. At the same time, we are also living through what some researchers have called an “infodemic,” a surge of disinformation […]
Susan J. Demas: Killing all vaccine mandates was always the plan for extremists
There’s been a growing, and understandable, horror that some Republican leaders are agitating against any vaccine mandates after pandering to angry conspiracy theorists for almost two years on COVID-19. This should be regarded as unequivocally insane, as vaccines are really great at the all-important societal goal of preventing death. However, recent polling shows a sharp […]
Column: As U.S. independence rang, a sweeping lockdown and mass inoculations fought off smallpox
Many Americans of the founding era denounced government tyranny, celebrated the Declaration of Independence – and favored lockdowns and mass inoculations to combat a viciously contagious disease. Unchecked, smallpox kills more than one in 10 of its victims, leaving many of the rest blind, disfigured and sometimes sterile. Many historians say the reason George Washington […]
Column: The debate on Latino vs. Latinx vs. Hispanic is the song that never ends
Growing up in El Paso, Texas, in the ’80s and ’90s, the diversity at my school could’ve been broken down into two categories — children who were born in the United States and students who weren’t. But almost all of the students’ families came from Mexico at some point, and we called ourselves Mexican-Americans or […]
Column: Michigan made it easier to vote in 2018, but a new ballot measure would take us backwards
Here in Michigan, we believe in our freedom to vote. Every voter, regardless of race, background, political affiliation or ZIP code, has a fundamental right to make their voice heard at the ballot box and have a say in determining our state’s future. But right now, our voting rights are at risk. In 2018, Michiganders […]
Rick Haglund: Biden says clean energy will create union jobs. But companies may have other ideas.
During a visit to a union training center in Howell on Tuesday, President Joe Biden touted his ambitious vision for a clean energy future. Biden is pushing for multi-trillion dollar government investments in, among many other things, a massive shift from gasoline-powered cars to electric vehicles. “I want those jobs here in Michigan, not halfway […]
Column: Michigan could become Texas on abortion rights
In one year, abortion could be illegal in Michigan. A recently released report adds Michigan to the growing list of “red alert” states – states where abortion could quickly become illegal if Roe v. Wade is struck down by the Supreme Court. Also on that list: Texas, where a blatantly unconstitutional law is back in […]
Column: Biden visit, data and voices underscore need for action on ‘Build Back Better’
Every Michigander deserves a fair shot at opportunity and prosperity. But for too long, many families — particularly people of color and those families with low incomes — have struggled to make ends meet despite their best efforts to provide for their families. President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan would make a historic investment […]
Susan J. Demas: How do you solve poverty? Throw money at the problem.
If there’s one enduring myth in America, it’s that there’s nothing we can really do to end poverty. Most policy prescriptions during the last few decades — from setting up Byzantine barriers to programs like food stamps and Medicaid to doing nothing at all — are rooted in condescending lore that poor people deserve to […]
Column: Can healthy people who eat right and exercise skip the COVID-19 vaccine?
I’m a fitness enthusiast. I also adhere to a nutrient-dense, “clean” eating program, which means I minimize my sugar intake and eat a lot of whole foods for the purpose of optimizing my health. You might wonder how effective such a diet and exercise plan would be in the fight against COVID-19, since some have […]
Column: Michigan lawmakers must prioritize underpaid essential workers
When my mother and grandmother got sick and I started taking care of them, I knew right away that helping others was what I was made to do. That passion has sustained me over the last 20 years working as a dietary aide in the nursing home industry. Every day, I work hard to ensure […]
David Hecker: Rural and urban kids face many of the same challenges
If you’re just passing through them, it may not look like rural and urban, including many surrounding suburbs, communities have much in common — and elected officials often pit urban and rural communities against each other in public policy fights. However, they actually have more in common than some would like us to believe, including […]