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Noted and passed - April 15, 2013

Posted: April 12, 2013 8:37 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2013 5:00 a.m.

• Hailed only a quarter-century ago as one of the most amazing technological breakthroughs of all time, the personal computer has fallen on hard times, indicating just how rapidly things change in this world. Though PCs aren’t extinct by any means, sales fell 14 percent during the first quarter as compared to a year ago, and that continued a trend of several quarters, as mobile devices of all kinds replace desktop and laptop computers. And Microsoft, which made Bill Gates and Paul Allen among the richest people in the world, has bombed with its new Windows 8 operating system. Indeed, nothing stands still in this world.

• Congress has dealt with the U. S. Postal Service’s planned cessation of Saturday delivery the same way it deals with almost everything: ineptly.  Though nobody cheers the recently announced move that would save billions for the struggling USPS, it is a move that needs to be made for the financial health of the post office. As usual, members of Congress caved in to political pressure, prohibiting the change.

• We note with sadness the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was as good a friend to the United States as any foreign government leader has ever been. She served in that post for more than 11 years, a 20th-century record, and moved her country to the right along with Ronald Reagan in the United States. The plain-spoken Iron Lady was a great leader who served not only her country but the entire world well.

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