We’re taking a much-needed break this week. But I hope you’ll enjoy revisiting some sharp takes and bright ideas we’ve published over the last few months — from Kayla Soren’s brilliant case for decriminalizing fare evasion on public transit to Josue De Luna Navarro’s number-crunching on climate priorities.

I enjoyed re-reading them and hope you will, too. And, if you’re an editor who missed the chance to run them when we first put them out, I hope you’ll take another look.

We’ll be back soon enough — see you on the other side.

In Case You Missed It…

Decriminalize Fare Evasion | Kayla Soren
You don’t go to jail for missing a highway toll. It shouldn’t be any different on transit.

Need Money for a Green New Deal? Get It from ICE | Josue De Luna Navarro
With the money we spend on ICE and CBP, we could solar power nearly 35 million homes.

In a Pandemic, Health Inequities Are Even Deadlier | Tracey L. Rogers
There’s an old saying in the black community: “When white people catch a cold, black people catch pneumonia.”

Rural America Deserves a Real COVID-19 Response | Gloria Oladipo
Rural residents are more likely to be older and uninsured, while 350 rural hospitals are at risk of closing. They can’t afford neglect now.

Now Is the Time for Free College | Margot Rathke
With youth unemployment and student debt skyrocketing, young people need free higher education.

Learning Not to Look Away | Jill Richardson
Anti-racist work can be emotionally difficult. Take time to process your feelings — but don’t forget the big picture.

The Next Coronavirus Bill Must Protect the 2020 Election | Robert P. Alvarez
We need no-excuse absentee voting now — and that’s the bare minimum.

Time for an Emergency Charity Stimulus | Chuck Collins and Helen Flannery
Vast private foundations are sitting on over $1 trillion in assets. In this crisis, we need to get that money to frontline nonprofits.

Thinking Positive… | Khalil Bendib
… And testing positive.

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Peter Certo

Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of OtherWords.org.