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Noted and passed -- Feb. 13, 2012

Posted: February 10, 2012 4:34 p.m.
Updated: February 13, 2012 5:00 a.m.

• We’ve commented on prior occasions about the recent bankruptcy filing of Kodak, once one of the most powerful brands in the world. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company filed late last year to reorganize; now comes news that Kodak will no longer make cameras, along with other products such as digital frames, choosing to concentrate instead on commercial printing technology and other products. It’s a sad thing, undoubtedly, for the millions of Americans who grew up using the company’s cameras and film, and it illustrates yet again that companies must constantly adapt in order to stay in business.

• There was more than a bit of nostalgia in last week’s announcement that the last World War I veteran had died in England at the age of 110. Florence Green joined the Women’s Royal Air Force in 1918 when she was 17. In those days, of course, women didn’t even come close to combat; she waited tables in the officers’ mess of a Royal Air Force base in eastern England. She was a veteran, nevertheless, and her death brings down the curtain on those who fought “the war to end all wars.”

• College of Charleston basketball Coach Bobby Cremins made a bad decision decades ago when he announced he was leaving Georgia Tech to become South Carolina’s new coach, then reneged on that decision only a day or so later. Nevertheless, he’s one of the sport’s good guys, and we’re sorry to hear that he’s had to take a leave of absence because of exhaustion issues. Cremins is well liked by everyone in the basketball world, and we hope he’ll recover and be back on the sidelines for years to come.

• We’ll all in favor of contraception -- the last thing we need is this world is more unwanted babies -- but we’re confused when we hear women discuss the current furor surrounding insurance and contraceptive products as “women’s health issues.” They are actually birth-control issues, which are fine. Referring to them as health issues seems as wayward as referring to a man’s choice to have a vasectomy as a “men’s health issue.”

• We notice that film stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarznegger are both laid up in the hospital after having had shoulder surgeries. Stars of many action films, the two aging stars are getting “tune-ups,” as one of them said, before appearing together in a film called “The Tomb.” We hope their procedures are successful and they’ll soon be back to their old swashbuckling selves, albeit moving a bit slower due to age.

 

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