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Noted and passed for Dec. 6, 2010

Posted: December 3, 2010 4:11 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2010 5:00 a.m.

• We’re glad to see that the U.S. Congress has passed a bill which will prohibit television networks from jacking up the volume when commercials are shown. For decades, viewers have been forced to reach for the remote control device when the sound spurted during ad pitches. We also propose a tongue-in-cheek amendment to the new law: that whenever politicians appear on TV with too much blathering, the volume gets automatically cut down to zero.

• Rep. Charlie Rangel, who was censured on the House floor last week for his multiple ethics violations -- including not paying taxes on rental property for almost two decades -- said his treatment was “very, very political.” That’s about the same reaction all members of Congress give when they get caught doing something improper. Censures have been rare in the past, as House members usually protect their own. Perhaps we should see more of them.

• We’ve always been a big proponent of single-gender classrooms in public schools, and South Carolina has been a leader nationally in such programs. Most students who take part say such programs improve their academic performance and attitude while at the same time increasing their self-confidence, class participation, ease of learning and effort. Now, such programs in the Palmetto State are being curtailed because of budgetary problems, another victim of the economic downturn. That is a shame, indeed, and we hope as the economy improves and tax revenues increase that such programs will be re-instituted.

• The Camden Planning Commission made a common-sense decision last week in allowing bed-and-breakfast establishments to increase their maximum number of rooms from three to five. B&Bs fit well into Camden’s historic nature, and the city has some excellent establishments that help attract visitors to come here and spend money not only for lodging but in restaurants and retail establishments. They are an integral part of the lodging scene here and have not created problems.

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