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Noted and passed - May 6, 2013

Posted: May 2, 2013 3:07 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2013 5:00 a.m.

• It’s evident from public polling that becoming energy-independent is far more important to Americans and Canadians than reducing greenhouse emissions. Recent polls say nearly three-quarters of residents of the two countries support the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project, which would bring oil from the Alberta province of Canada to the United States. The Obama administration and key Democrats have opposed the project.

• Miss South Carolina, Ali Rogers, was runner-up in the Miss America pageant last fall, and we liked her comment after explaining she had been told she didn’t win because she was too sweet, not edgy enough and too Southern.  “Well,” she is quoted as saying with a smile, “if I have to be less sweet, more edgy and less southern, I think I’m happy to be back to serve South Carolina.”

• We offer a tip of the hat to John Starks, who will soon leave Camden Military Academy (CMA) and will play basketball at the U. S. Naval Academy.  Starks came to CMA from Texas for a post-graduate year, and now he’ll enjoy the benefit of an education at acclaimed Annapolis. The service academies in this country take only the cream of the crop, and we wish Starks the best as he begins his journey.

• College is a pretty cushy life for many students nowadays, what with semesters abroad and flexible classroom schedules. At Colorado State University in Fort Collins, students can now get credit for brewing and drinking beer; the school has installed a brewery in the student center to provide students hands-on training to prepare them for the burgeoning microbrewery industry. Now that’s what we call a pretty good student gig.

• And another tip of the hat goes to North Central Middle School (NCMS) teacher Brian Leininger, recently named the Kershaw County School District’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. NCMS Principal Burch Richardson called Leininger a “caring, enthusiastic and inspiring teacher … who makes history come alive” for students. Leininger said he was just “the right person at the right time,” adding that his selection as Teacher of the Year was more about the school than himself. The district needs even more teachers like Leininger: innovative enough to get kids to learn and humble enough to thank his peers.

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