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Noted and passed

Posted: August 27, 2010 4:24 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2010 5:00 a.m.

• When Ken Mehlman, who ran President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004 and became chairman of the Republican National Committee, revealed that he is gay, it was pretty much a non-story, which is a good thing. Conservative Republicans are focused on financial issues and the inability of Washington to control spending rather than what’s going on behind the doors of private homes. That’s reasonable and places focus where it should be; it also indicates increasing tolerance among all Americans.

   • The concept of term limits, which was a hot-button issue across the country a few years ago, was revived last week by Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, who advocated limiting legislative service in South Carolina to 12 years. We doubt term limits in the Palmetto State will take hold, but with the dismal record of lawmakers in Washington, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to let people serve there only a few years. They could then vote as they should rather than as they often do, to save their political skins.

   • Attorneys general in 17 states are saying the website Craigslist should remove its adult services section because it can’t adequately monitor illegal ads for prostitution and child trafficking. The officials say Craigslist has so far refused to take any action in self-policing itself in regard to its ads. South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster is one of the 17, and we hope they are successful in forcing removal of ads that are dangerous and disgusting.

   • Critics of public schools across the country point to the fact that spending over the last few decades has increased dramatically while achievement has not. Now, in California, the most expensive school ever built, with a staggering $578 million price tag, is set to open. Schools should be architecturally sound and provide a pleasant learning environment, but this sounds over the top to us. It will be interesting to watch the test results at this school in the next few years to see how California’s “investment” pays off.

   • Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, he of the nasty mouth and the bouffant hair, says he’s not ruling out another run for public office; that statement comes in the wake of his being convicted of only one of 24 corruption charges brought against him by federal prosecutors. We hope we’re spared the agony.


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