OPINIONRyan Streeter, Opinion contributor Published 6:00 a.m. ET April 8, 2020 | Updated 11:49 a.m. ET April 8, 2020CLOSE Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan, creator of National Geographic’s “Cosmos” series, discuss the importance of science in age of COVID-19. USA TODAYGiving is a sacrificial and concrete expression of your commitment to your community and its needsIt’s time for a national tithe.Tithing is the idea that you regularly give a small percentage of your income to help those in need and to provide for the good of the community. It is based on the simple principle that all of us gain more when we sacrifice individually.This national tithe should be voluntary, not mandated, and only those with jobs and income should participate. But we should regard it seriously enough during the pandemic that all of us who are able to do so should feel obligated to participate in it, and embarrassed if we do not.The pandemic is asking a lot of us. As usual, Americans are responding creatively, and sometimes heroically, as they help their neighbors and communities.Religious groups and nonprofits have set up makeshift food banks; doctors and nurses have come out of retirement to aid local hospitals; and distillers have cut into


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