Talk Back: Global warming
Will the international global warming conference in Paris be a success?

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Contra Costa Times editorial: School district legal strategy re-victimizes molestation victims

The Mt. Diablo school district's plan to defend a civil lawsuit by claiming a convicted child molester did nothing wrong offends basic decency. It's unclear whether this is the warped idea of an out-of-control attorney or the unified plan of district trustees.  
The breathless media coverage of actor Charlie Sheen's revelation that he has contracted HIV should serve as a stark reminder, as if we needed one, that the virus that causes AIDS is very real and still very much a threat.  
The Raiders and A's have taken Oakland for granted while looking for a new mate. While the teams have been stepping out, the spurned city has grown tired. It's hard enough surviving day-to-day without uncertainty that your partner will abandon you.  
Daniel Borenstein: Rodeo-Hercules Fire District must not skirt election rules or short firefighters' pension fund.

The financially strapped Rodeo-Hercules Fire District faces huge challenges. But that doesn't excuse legally questionable property assessments or stiffing creditors. 
Cartoons: Donald Trump is Mr. Outrageous

These cartoonists in this compiled slideshow have a field day with the latest antics from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He claims to have seen thousands of Muslims celebrate after the collapse of the World Trade Center amid attacks in 2001. 
Nov. 28 letters to the editor

U.S. has historically been world's refugeThe United States has a long and storied history of refuge for the world's poor and oppressed struggling to escape the torments that threaten their lives. 
Guest commentary: What I expect from the U.N. climate change conference in Paris

For the nearly nine years that I have been secretary-general of the United Nations, I have traveled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response Why do I care so much? 
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Thomas Sowell: People must think about what the politicians are really saying

It is amazing how many different ways the same thing can be said, creating totally different impressions. For example, when President Barack Obama says that defeating ISIS is going to take a long time, how is that different from saying that he is going to do very little, very slowly? 
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Gwyneth Paltrow sings on new Coldplay record

Coldplay singer Chris Martin suggested ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow sing some lyrics she wrote for their new single “Everglow.”