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Noted and passed

Posted: November 12, 2010 3:33 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2010 5:00 a.m.

• Former President George Bush was refreshingly candid in last week’s interviews with NBC and other media outlets; he was doing a series of drop-ins to promote his new book, “Decision Points.” Even those who thought Bush didn’t do a great job in the Oval Office will have to admit that he’s exhibited good character by refusing to criticize his successor, Barack Obama. Unlike Jimmy Carter, who seems to make a habit of spouting his opinions and denigrating presidents, Bush has displayed an admirable restraint.

• This country is still mired deep in a financial morass, but our problems pale in comparison to some other countries. In Ireland, where the economy is in a shambles and the banking system is on the verge of collapse, the government is proposing shrinking the national budget by 6 billion pounds, which is equivalent to about $10 billion. That might not seem like much until you put it in perspective: those cuts in the United States would be equivalent to eliminating the Department of Defense. That makes our situation seem a little less dire, eh?

• The recent demise of the Pontiac automobile brand was just one more sign of changing times. Founded in 1926, Pontiac was an aggressive brand for decades and excelled during the “muscle car” era of the 1960s and 1970s. The GTO was every schoolboy’s dream: a sleek, powerful machine that fairly screamed “good time.” It’s sad to see Pontiac go as General Motors attempts to remake itself into a viable company.

• Oh, no! Just as we are relaxing from all the negative television ads from the just-completed election comes an announcement that the first Republican presidential debate will be held this coming spring at the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. American voters, weary of political jabbing, deserve more time off than that, and we long for the days of a few decades ago when elections only took a few months instead of consuming entire years.

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