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Noted and passed - April 8, 2013

Posted: April 9, 2013 7:58 a.m.
Updated: April 8, 2013 5:00 a.m.

• We have noted before our apprehension about Hollywood celebrities who confuse their entertaining ability with their political views, thinking voters will pay attention to their often-pompous pronouncements. We recently observed talented Hollywood artist Rob Reiner going on and on in a pontifical manner about what this country should do. We’d like to nominate him as Undersecretary of Silence, hoping he would pay attention to the title.

• Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees, and that was the case last week when in an editorial we overlooked the role Mayor Tony Scully played in the unveiling ceremony of statues at the Camden Archives. Scully, still new to his position, did a terrifi c job of being a warm “Camden host” that day. Kudos to him for a task well done.

• Carnival Cruise Lines, which has had more than its share of problems recently, says it will refuse a request by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller to reimburse the U. S. government for millions of dollars it incurred while rescuing disabled Carnival ships. Sen. Jay Rockefeller said that in the last few years the U.S. Coast Guard has responded to 90 “serious events” involving Carnival, the world’s largest cruise line, and the recent rescue help provided to the Triumph and the Splendor cost more than $4 million. That sounds pretty chintzy of the cruise line, which probably is not wise in fostering the wrath of Uncle Sam.

• A recent study shows that in terms of exercise benefit, walking does just as much good as running, as long as the same amount of energy is expended. So while it might take longer to walk three miles than to run that same distance, the health benefits are the same. Walking is easy, and it’s a great way to improve health and fight off “couch potato syndrome.”

• Republican lawmakers in neighboring North Carolina introduced a bill to allow the state to declare an “official religion” in violation of the U. S. Bill of Rights. They were trying to defend the right of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners to open its meeting with a Christian prayer. While we think the entire anti-prayer fervor has reached ridiculous heights, we wonder what those same legislators would have thought if someone had introduced a bill to make Islam the official religion of North Carolina. Not much, we imagine. Fortunately, the bill died a quick death.

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