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A new hope in Paris

No matter the outcome of the international climate talks in Paris, Monday's gathering of world leaders is a triumph in itself, a repudiation of ISIS and the terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in the City of Light. The urgent need for a coordinated global response to the threat posed by climate...

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  • A seat at the table

    A seat at the table

    Here's a topic for the Thanksgiving meal this year that won't force the dreaded family debate on politics or religion: Instead of the bounty of a holiday table piled high with turkey and all the trimmings, can you imagine what life is like for people who do not know where their next meal is coming...

  • A dangerous game in Syria

    Given the conflicting agendas of the U.S.-led coalition in Syria and Russia's aims in the region, it may only have been a matter of time before their diverging purposes led to a physical confrontation. That is apparently what happened today when Turkish fighter planes shot down a Russian warplane...

  • Why ISIS is winning

    Why ISIS is winning

    The terrorist attacks on Paris last week and the current lockdown in the Belgian city of Brussels, where officials fear ISIS fighters are planning similar attacks, have highlighted the group's ability to sow death and destruction far beyond the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria. Clearly...

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  • Towson's president showed guts

    Towson University President Timothy Chandler is far from spineless, as one of your readers recently suggested ("Towson U. president signs students' demands after 8-hour protest in his office," Nov. 19). Instead of confrontation, he and his hard-working staff choose to do whatever it took to prove...

  • Taking in refugees hurts our country

    Taking in refugees hurts our country

    I applaud Gov. Larry Hogan for his stand on Syrian refugees ("Hogan seeks halt to Syrian refugee resettlement in Md.," Nov. 17). These refugees will cost American citizens $640 million to resettle in the U.S. Our country is in debt that we keep passing from generation to generation. Social Security...

  • With refugees, caution is needed

    With refugees, caution is needed

    Once again, we have to read the left wing drivel of Jules Witcover bashing the GOP ("Paris terror attacks have become a test of who we are," Nov. 23). He quotes the inscription on the Statue of Liberty, but in describing who we should let enter our country, the words, "potential terrorists" do...

  • Mikulski's well deserved honor

    Mikulski's well deserved honor

    I congratulate Sen. Barbara Mikulski on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor ("Mikulski among 17 being honored at White House," Nov. 24). Senator Mikulski is an esteemed alumna of the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB),...

  • Help available for city mortgages

    Help available for city mortgages

    Recently, The Baltimore Sun published an article about racial discrimination in the lending practices of banks in Baltimore ("Racial discrimination seen in banks' lending practice, group says," Nov. 17). Of concern was the lack of available home loans in Baltimore City, particularly to African...

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  • The perils of circus politics

    The perils of circus politics

    The next president of the United States will confront a virulent jihadist threat, mounting effects of climate change, and an economy becoming ever more unequal. We're going to need an especially wise and able leader. Yet our process for choosing that person is a circus, and several leading candidates...

  • Frenzy about Syrian refugees echoes the unfounded fears of past eras

    Frenzy about Syrian refugees echoes the unfounded fears of past eras

    The Second World War is rightly remembered as a heroic time when Americans led the world to victory over German and Italian fascism and Japanese imperialism. But the glory of that era is marred by two enormous moral failings. The first was the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans who lost...

  • When expedience feels like wisdom

    When expedience feels like wisdom

    "Let's stop worrying about people's rights." Sadly there are dozens of junctures in American history from which that shameful quote might spring. It could date as far back as 1798 when President Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts, making it illegal to criticize the U.S. government. It could...

  • The race to riot on college campuses

    The race to riot on college campuses

    College campuses are again in turmoil. According to The New York Times, "Racist, sexist and anti-Semitic incidents on and near college campuses from Dartmouth to Wisconsin to Stanford this fall have provoked worries by education and civil rights leaders that such acts are on the increase." That...

  • War intrudes on politics

    War intrudes on politics

    The major terrorist attacks on Paris have cast a particularly dark shadow over the next American presidential campaign. Both parties suddenly find foreign policy crowding out such domestic flashpoints as immigration reform, income inequality and even the bizarre phenomenon of this season's political...