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Will Durst — How many turkeys died for your dinner?

We’ve spent such a large portion of the past year cringing at the prospect of potential disasters crouching behind every bush: ISIS, Putin, Trump, Belicheck, lion-killing dentists, that a national holiday right about now is a blessed respite. For one 24-hour period, the whole country can focus on something benign. Unless, you’re a Black Friday shopper. But those are self-inflicted injuries.

Christine M. Flowers — Both sides half right on refugees

I rarely write about immigration, partly because I spend enough time practicing immigration law, and partly because my words are taken with a grain of salt the size of that dinosaur-killing meteor. My conservative friends raise their eyebrows in that, “We love her, but gosh darn, she should get her head checked,” kind of way whenever I champion any form of legalization, while the liberals just flare their nostrils and say, “Yeah, the chick is only interested in getting rich off of the poor illegals.”

Harold Jackson: Lords and ladies rule in America, too

Remember feudalism? Of course you don’t. That medieval system of lords and ladies, serfs and vassals disappeared hundreds of years before any of us were born. But I am reminded of feudalism, which I learned about in high school, by the oversized influence that a handful of rich families have gained in America today. Consider the huge sums of money they have been pouring into the process to select this country’s next president.