Wen: There is no reason to wait. Cancel your holiday travel plans now.

Americans have a hard truth to face, and the sooner we do it the better: We must cancel travel over the winter holidays and find different ways to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. It’s clear what lies ahead. In November, the United States added 4 million new coronavirus infections, while hospitalizations broke records daily for more than two weeks in a row. All projections indicate that December will be worse than November. (Wash Post)

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Jensen: May your days be merry and bright (really, really bright)

Kathy Foard senses a big month ahead. And she should know. She is Christmas manager at Valley View Farms, the enormous Cockeysville garden center that morphs into the enormous outlet for all things Christmas each fall. Her forecast? It’s going to be a big year for outdoor lighting, having already seen her own neighbors getting busy stringing up lights well before the Thanksgiving turkey was reduced to a memory. “I believe that with more people not traveling this year, perhaps they’re focusing on home more,” she speculates. (Balt Sun)

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Our Say: Giving Tuesday is a day when everyone can be a philanthropist

Not everyone can be John and Jan Magnolia. They were named the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County’s Philanthropists of the Year earlier this month at the organization’s 20th Celebration of Philanthropy awards ceremony. The couple established the Magnolia Family Fund at the foundation in 2009. Since then, the Magnolias have been one of the foundation’s largest fundholders and donors, with contributions totaling more than $1.7 million over the last 11 years. (Cap Gazette)

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This is Not Normal, But We Might Agree on More Than You Think

In November 2010, Baltimore County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz was elected as the 12th Executive in County history. There was only one month until he would be sworn into office. And while serving as Baltimore County Executive is certainly not analogous to being elected President of the United States, the County is larger in population than four states, comprised of 200,000 more people than neighboring Baltimore City. It is not some mom and pop operation, and what transpired on that November morning provides a valuable lesson. Or at least it should. (Don Mohler)

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NFL face mask violations (and related pandemic indiscretions) deserve more than a flag

If all goes as planned, the Baltimore Ravens will play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday, after multiple delays, in a much anticipated divisional matchup with potential National Football League playoff implications. Also of note: One of those teams has no fewer than 23 players unavailable to play because they have tested positive for the coronavirus. You read that correctly — one team’s 53-man roster has been reduced by more than one-third. (Balt Sun)

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Former Maryland governor: America must challenge education inequities or we will fall further behind

With historic national and state elections over, it’s a natural time to rethink our basic policies. Do the twin crises of the pandemic and social justice create an opportunity to aspire to some of our most basic values: equity and a fair and just society? Fundamental needs in health, employment, housing and education will not be met unless we recognize the ongoing systemic inequities in our nation. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland should stick with virtual learning - for now

You don’t have to be Judith Viorst, her fictional character of Alexander Cooper or even the average public school parent to recognize that 2020 has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown K-12 educational into chaos with some local systems electing to attempt in-person instruction, some going all-virtual, others pursuing hybrid models and most all stopping and starting, changing directions and rejiggering plans almost one week to the next. (Balt Sun)

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Our Say: Recent Annapolis public safety, police reform measures have conflicting goals

Three police reform measures have come through the Annapolis City Council in recent weeks, revealing a great deal about what city leaders view as the priority for change. Two of them were aimed at a real desire by Annapolis to better combat homicides and other crimes, while the third is motivated by police reformers who want more accountability. Unfortunately, elements of each of the three measures work against each other. (Capital)

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