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Noted and passed - March 12, 2012

Posted: March 9, 2012 11:00 a.m.
Updated: March 12, 2012 5:00 a.m.

• In the wake of revelations that some NFL teams paid bonuses to defensive players for delivering such hard hits that offensive players were knocked out of games, it would be naïve for anyone to believe this is a new wrinkle. But league commissioner Roger Goodell needs to deal with this and put an end to it, especially in light of all the recent revelations about brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head. 

• The trial of a Columbia man on charges of reckless homicide stemming from a Lake Murray boating accident which killed two women is another stark reminder that vessels can be as deadly as automobiles. The boating season for Lake Wateree is approaching, and we hope everyone will keep in mind that over-zealous drinking doesn’t mix with boating any more than it does with driving.

• We’re glad to see that a bill in the S.C. House of Representatives which would ban texting while driving appears to be gaining bipartisan support. Under the bill, texting would still be allowed when cars are stopped or parked. Research shows clearly that texting presents significant driving dangers. We agree that it won’t be the easiest thing to enforce, but it’s a good bill that deserves passage.

• Legislatures in 12 different states, including South Carolina, are considering laws that would eliminate requirements that people obtain permits to carry concealed weapons. Getting a permit to carry a gun doesn’t infringe upon anyone’s second amendment rights, any more than registering an automobile or boat denies anyone basic rights. We’re all for the ability to bear arms, but having a permit to do that is a common-sense procedure that doesn’t need changing.

• “Desperate Housewives,” one of the most popular prime-time soap operas of the past few years, is in its final season. It’s going out with a bang, not only with its plots but with the real-life trial in which actress Nicolette Sheridan is accusing the show’s creator, Marc Cherry, of hitting her and then firing her after she complained about the alleged slap. Sheridan’s character was written out of the drama a few seasons ago. Those attending the trial, and those who have watched the updates on television, are seeing a soap opera that’s more compelling than the TV’s script.

• Kershaw County golfers stand in awe of tour players who can hit drivers and pitching wedges to 500-yard holes, so it probably caused a little mirth when some pros complained about last week’s windy conditions at the World Golf Championships in Doral, Fla. Luke Donald, until recently the top-ranked player in the world, told of having to hit a wood into the 18th hole, a par four, as if he were describing some sort of alien golf torture. Everyday golfers can get a kick out of the “big boys” seeing how most people have to play the game each day.

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