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Noted and passed

Posted: October 29, 2010 3:40 p.m.
Updated: November 1, 2010 5:00 a.m.

• Politics is a cruel game. With Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, locked in a tight battle for re-election, there’s already a lot of squirming going on in Washington about which senator will become the majority leader if the Democrats retain control and Reid is defeated. It’s bad form, of course, for those interested in the position to be too overt, so Chuck Schumer of New York and Dick Durbin of Illinois, both of whom are said to be desirous of being majority leader, are quietly spreading around campaign funds to many different candidates and states, all of which is intended to win favor, of course. They’re treading a fine line, and it proves once again that in politics, a corpse doesn’t even have to be a corpse yet before it starts getting picked over.

• Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is a plain-spoken guy who has attracted a great deal of attention with his efforts to stem the tide of red ink in New Jersey, a state that has the dubious distinction of having the highest property taxes in the United States. Recently being interviewed by NBC’s Matt Lauer about his refusal to provide state funds for a proposed tunnel linking his state to Manhattan (“We just don’t have the money”), Christie was told the New York Times didn’t approve of his stand and was criticizing him. “Well, I should take a bow for that,” Christie retorted. Here’s a thumbs up for that reply.

• The brutal summer heat that enveloped Kershaw County this year just hasn’t wanted to go away, with high 80s temperatures still being recorded into late October. So it was a breath of fresh air – literally – when county residents woke up Friday morning to clear skies and brisk readings. Here’s hoping that we’ll have another of those gorgeous Carolina autumns that makes people eager to get going in the morning.

• Recent revelations that both Halliburton and BP knew there was a possible problem in the cement mixture used to stabilize an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico (yes, the one that blew up and caused the biggest environmental spill in history) will no doubt give critics fuel to use against the two companies – as it should. If it is proved that the two companies indeed went ahead with their project despite knowing it could have serious problems, the penalties against them should be severe – very severe.




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