Published 8:00 a.m. ET July 24, 2020
From honoring the late Congressman John Lewis to reevaluating a new stimulus package, here are some top columns you may have missed.
In today’s fast-paced news environment, it can be hard to keep up. For your weekend reading, we’ve started in-case-you-missed-it compilations of some of the week’s top USA TODAY Opinion pieces. As always, thanks for reading, and for your feedback.
— USA TODAY Opinion editors
1. Sweden hoped herd immunity would curb COVID-19. Don’t do what we did. It’s not working.
By 25 Swedish doctors and scientists
“The motives for the Swedish Public Health Agency’s light-touch approach are somewhat of a mystery. Some other countries that initially used this strategy swiftly abandoned it as the death toll began to increase, opting instead for delayed lockdowns. But Sweden has been faithful to its approach.”
2. Betsy DeVos just crossed another line. She’s an ongoing danger to teachers and students.
By David Sciarra and Derek W. Black
“There is no right to education in the United States Constitution. But the right to education is enshrined in the constitutions of all 50 states. These constitutions obligate the states, through their elected branches of government, to maintain and support a system of free public education available to all resident children.”
3. Janice Dean: COVID-19 killed my in-laws after Cuomo’s reckless New York nursing home policy
By Janice Dean
“At first, we didn’t blame anyone for their deaths. This is a pandemic, and the virus is particularly dangerous for the elderly. Then we learned about the Cuomo administration’s March 25 order that recovering coronavirus patients be placed into nursing homes. The mandate also barred nursing homes from requiring incoming patients ‘to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.'”
4. Passing a new stimulus measure should not be that hard
By The Editorial Board
“Republicans … are right that the payments could be a disincentive for people to return to work. Rather than continuing the payments in full through the end of the year, as Democrats would do, the payments could be gradually reduced over time, or pegged to the unemployment rate so that they drop automatically if and when the economy picks up steam.”
5. Take Kanye West’s illness more seriously than his presidential ambitions
By Sally Satel
“If journalists feel they must cover famous people when they are in the throes of mental illness, they must include information about their subjects’ known psychiatric history. Readers — and prospective voters — need context and subjects need dignity when they are vulnerable. The public should take the talented Mr. West’s disease seriously, but not his political plans.”
6. Teacher: I was a reluctant Trump voter. Coronavirus is the end of my Republican identity.
By Nancy Shively
“I am a special education teacher and lifelong Republican who reluctantly voted for Donald Trump in 2016 as the less bad of two bad choices. When the pandemic hit, the incompetence of the man for whom I had voted and the complicity of everyone around him forced me to admit that I could no longer maintain any kind of self-respect as a Republican.”
7. Donna Brazile: Pass the Voting Rights Act and rename the Pettus Bridge to honor John Lewis
By Donna Brazile
“He wanted to stay in touch with what the young people were doing, and mentor those he thought had promise. He kept reminding us to get into ‘good trouble’ to complete the work of his generation. He never left that work for others to do; he was always willing to do it himself..”
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