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#195: Measles For The 1%

Hi there, loyal readers, and happy Thursday! Today’s issue opens with a romping, topsy-turvy lead art
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#195: Measles For The 1%
By Mark Isero • Issue #195 • View online
Hi there, loyal readers, and happy Thursday! Today’s issue opens with a romping, topsy-turvy lead article that combines measles, local government, rich parents, and Waldorf education. No matter where you stand on the measles debate, you’ll no doubt experience some strong feelings.
If you’d prefer to steer clear of contagious diseases, enjoy outstanding articles on felony disenfranchisement, the college dropout crisis, wildlife tourism, and goats. There’s something for everyone in this week’s newsletter! Please enjoy.
+ Next Thursday is HHH #10! Please join 32 (so far) loyal readers to celebrate the beginning of summer and to discuss your favorite articles. We’re meeting up at Room 389 in Oakland starting at 5:30 pm. Get your free ticket here. I look forward to seeing you!

Measles for the One Percent
A History of Felony Disenfranchisement
The College Dropout Crisis
Milhouse, who belongs to loyal reader (and former student!) Natalie, believes everyone should feel happy and free, never cry, and take long naps. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
Milhouse, who belongs to loyal reader (and former student!) Natalie, believes everyone should feel happy and free, never cry, and take long naps. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
The Dark Truth Behind Wildlife Tourism
For the Love of Goats
+ Reader Annotations: Many of you, including loyal reader Luke, loved Jia Tolentino’s stunning piece on religion, drugs, and ecstasy. (If you missed it, you can press your luck to see if it’s chosen as one of the best articles of the year.)
Also popular was Sarah Fine’s article on her journey as a white educator. Sorry that some of you couldn’t view my (snarky) annotations. Loyal reader Victoria had this spot-on commentary:
I feel like that whole essay was asking for a cookie, like “look how tortured I have been as I vaguely thought about race in the US and yet continued to lead a life of tremendous privilege, even making more money off my privilege.” As my friend says often about white people emoting to prove their “down-ness” — no cookie! That is my response to her essay: NO COOKIE!
Thanks also to other readers who challenged my views on Ms. Fine’s essay, questioning my strong reaction and reminding me that maybe I was patting myself on the back as “a good white person.” (I stand by my views.)
Finally, a big thanks to loyal reader Vanessa, who read every article in last week’s issue (impressive work!), and to loyal reader Summer, who wrote this kind word about The Highlighter.
I subscribe because there’s a level of trust in the content you curate for the newsletter. There’s a lot of clickbait out there and articles unworthy of my brain cells, and I’m grateful for your thoughtfully curated essays.
Well shucks. And thank you all for sharing your thoughts! If you have a comment about an article or the newsletter in general, hit reply and tell me. I appreciate hearing from you.
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