Experts and Leaders Weigh In on How to Fix America

💡 Let mental health experts answer 911 calls

Appropriately triaged calls involving mental health crises coming into an emergency dispatch center can assure “the right work in the right hands” and help 911 center call takers, police officers and mental health personnel work together to provide persons in crisis with the best possible care.

— Chris Magnus, chief of police in Tucson, Ariz.

💡 Listen to the people you disagree with the most

Here is my proposed solution, to be applied one conversation at a time: When confronted with a different view, try to find something you can agree on. You don’t have to change your views. Just be open to the fact that others have theirs, too. It may sound counterintuitive. But it’s the only place to start.

— Heidi Larson, professor of anthropology at the University of London and University of Washington and author of “Stuck: How Vaccine Rumors Start and Why They Don’t Go Away”

💡 Put an internet-enabled device in the hands of every child

Governments must do more — especially when the reality of Covid-19 requires distance learning in so many schools across America. Giving children the necessary digital tools will help equalize education to meet this unique moment and enable a brighter future.

— Marcelo Claure, chief executive of SoftBank Group International

For more ideas, including Senator Chris Murphy on gun control, the Vista Equity chief Robert Smith on racial inequality, the former senator Heidi Heitkamp on Native American rights and many others, check out the special report.

After reading it, tell us the one thing that you would propose to help fix America, at [email protected] Include your name and location, and we may feature your response in a future newsletter.

Christopher Waller is approved for the Fed’s board of governors. The nomination of Mr. Waller, a regional Fed research official, passed the Senate on a 48-to-47 vote. (Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, joined Democrats in opposition.) The fate of Judy Shelton, Mr. Trump’s other nominee, remains unclear.

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