Finding the middle way

Today is Monday. Happy birthday to Ian Anderson, 72 and Ronnie Spector, now 76.

If you have $4 million dollars burning a hole in your pocket, Boston Magazine wants to help.

Not everyone supports defunding the police. A New York City Councillor explains how the people in his neighborhood see it. “They don’t want to see excessive force. They don’t want to see cops putting their knees in our necks. But they want to be safe as they go to the store.” Sounds reasonable. The US Attorney in Maine is unhappy that police in his state are being blamed for actions by officers hundreds of miles away. And the Washington Post disappoints with a headline, “You can’t control people’s anger’: Portland protesters set fire to police union headquarters as tensions rise again,” that seems to justify arson as a protest tactic.

Europeans are aghast at how we’re handling the coronavirus. “We Italians always saw America as a model,” Massimo Franco, a columnist with daily Corriere della Sera told the AP. “But with this virus we’ve discovered a country that is very fragile, with bad infrastructure and a public health system that is nonexistent.” And on that point, Adam Rogers wonders if a lack of coordination across the public health system is the reason that, after half a year, we still haven’t come up with new, more effective treatments.

The impact of the virus has put a strain on hospitals. Many are now losing money and laying off workers. But veterinary hospitals are doing record business. Go figure.

And the retail grocery business is ripe for disruption, especially after this year. Fast Company explains how that might go.

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