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Noted and passed - March 11, 2013

Posted: March 8, 2013 4:17 p.m.
Updated: March 11, 2013 5:00 a.m.

• We note with sadness the death of longtime Camden resident Ed Bracey, who was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was also a civil rights pioneer, helping pave the way for the integration of South Carolina’s public universities, and he was a tireless advocate -- sometimes through his columns here in the Chronicle-Independent – for justice. He leaves the world a better place.

• A bill has passed a committee of the S. C. House of Representatives that would allow Palmetto State voters to decide whether the governor should appoint the state’s adjutant general, who’s in charge of the National Guard. This is the only state in which the adjutant general is an elected position, and it opens the possibility of someone completely unqualified in military affairs to take command of the Guard. This bill follows on the heels of another one which would allow the superintendent of education to be appointed rather than elected, another move that makes sense. Both positions should be appointed by the governor.

• While we’re on the subject of state legislatures, we’ll nominate as our dumbest bill of the year one introduced by a Florida lawmaker which would require anyone wanting to buy ammunition for a gun to first undergo an anger management course. Sen. Audrey Gibson’s measure would also require any ammo buyers to undergo such treatment every 10 years. This one defies comment.

• All Americans who love freedom should rejoice at the arrest of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama bin Ladin and a spokesman for Al Qaeda. He was captured in Jordan last week and was scheduled to be arraigned in New York City Friday. Many are concerned he was not sent for interrogation to a U. S. Naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba, and we share those concerns. But at least he is in custody, and we hope he’s dealt with harshly.

• Former President Jimmy Carter’s statement following the death of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez was heavy in praise of a man who painted the United States as a devil. If Chavez had stuck to his idealistic and proper goal of helping his country’s poor rather than trying to become the next Fidel Castro, and if he had not so relentlessly blamed this country for everything that went wrong, he would have done far more than he could have dreamed of. We wonder, sometimes, what makes Carter tick.

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