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The erosion of America

The erosion of America

A clip from "The Walk," the new film about Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of what was then the new World Trade Center, catapulted my thoughts back to 9/11 and the state of America before and after that nation-scorching tragedy — then news broke of the massacre at Oregon's Umpqua Community College.

Terrorism and gun violence: our country's two obsessions.

In so many ways, the 21st Century has been a time of erosion of so much that once made America the storied "shining city on a hill." This year alone, we have already tallied some 300 mass killings. Add them to the mental...