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Posted: February 17, 2012 2:56 p.m.
Updated: February 20, 2012 5:00 a.m.

• Kudos to Camden native Ford Graham, who’s been chosen to lead the S.C. Department of Commerce’s European office. In that role, Graham will head the state’s international industrial recruitment efforts in Europe. He’s been involved with business development in the state for several years and has a solid track record, and we look forward to following his successes on the continent.

• Though the entire country has made progress over past decades in eliminating smoking, so-called "smokeless tobacco" remains popular among many young men who often overlook or choose to ignore its many risks. Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn recently revealed his second bout with oral cancer, which he blames on his heavy tobacco use during his playing days. The term "smokeless tobacco" sounds rather benign; in reality, it's anything but that.

• Kershaw Countians got more than their share of "robo calls" during the presidential primary season -- those computer-generated calls that proliferate these days. We're glad to see the Federal Communications Commission is now starting to approve tougher rules regarding such calls. For several years, the federal do-not-call registry worked well. Now, it seems that nuisance calls are increasing again, not only among politicians but all sorts of telemarketers. We hope the FCC will establish tougher rules and hefty fines against those who resort to such bothersome tactics.

• Kershaw County voters need to have confidence that their public officials are acting in a legal and honorable way, and County Council member Sammie Tucker Jr. isn’t doing much to inspire such confidence. Tucker is in violation of an order by the S.C. Ethics Commission to pay $21,000 in fines and late fees in relation to improper filing of campaign documents during his run for sheriff two years ago. Tucker has been dogged by financial problems for some time. He needs to do his best to resolve this issue or not offer for re-election.

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