Many people are suffering financially from the COVID-19 crisis while others have not taken a financial hit. Yet most of us are likely to get the same “direct payment” check from the federal government, needed or not.
That money would help our communities more if it was directed to those in need: small local businesses, people who have lost wages, local arts groups, charities struggling with increased demand. The government won’t direct the payments to where they are most needed, but we can. Those of us who don’t need the checks can pass them on to those who do.