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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is editor-in-chief of the Michigan Advance, a Colorado Newsline sister outlet.

COMMENTARY

Republicans served up ‘red wave’ Kool-Aid. Pundits drank it up.

By: - November 15, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Michigan Advance. The election was four weeks out. Every sign pointed to Republican Michigan gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon careening toward an epic loss. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was, by all indications, running a smart campaign that connected with voters on kitchen-table issues, which does, as she often pointed out, include […]

COMMENTARY

Adults who choose to bully LGBTQ+ children are weird — and profoundly broken

By: - October 24, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Michigan Advance. Twelve years ago, the LGBTQ+ community started a powerful campaign to help young people with three simple words: “It gets better.” Growing up gay or trans is often devastatingly hard, from enduring slurs hurled by kids at school to having abusive parents who kick you out of […]

COMMENTARY

Forcing 10-year-old rape victims to give birth isn’t moral, just or ‘pro-life’

By: - July 12, 2022

For the first decades after Roe v. Wade was decided, anti-abortion forces made the case that they were the real pro-women movement.  They claimed to love the sinner (the fallen woman) but hated the sin of abortion. They just wanted to save female babies. And some promised to be there with the first box of […]

COMMENTARY

We’ve coddled ignorance for years. Now we’re all paying the price with COVID.

By: - August 12, 2021

A version of “We’ve coddled ignorance for years. Now we’re all paying the price with COVID” first appeared in the Michigan Advance. Sane America has had enough. After almost two years of a horrific pandemic that’s killed almost 620,000 Americans and deadly, faster-spreading variants emerging because selfish and ignorant people refuse to get vaccinated — […]