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Posted: December 10, 2010 11:19 a.m.
Updated: December 13, 2010 5:00 a.m.

• We’re happy to see Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk selected by her peers to serve as chair of the S.C. General Assembly Women’s Caucus. We’ll agree with Funderburk when she decries the fact that South Carolina is last in the nation in female elected officials, and we’d like to see more women elected to serve not only in Columbia but throughout the state. We’re confident she’ll do a great job leading the Women’s Caucus at the State House.

• Don Meredith was an outstanding quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, but he’s even better known for his work on Monday Night Football, when he teamed with pioneering broadcaster Howard Cosell to create a give-and-take combination that changed the face of televised football. “Dandy Don,” as he became known, was the perfect antithesis for the dramatic and serious Cosell, and ABC achieved ratings dominance with them. He died unexpectedly last week at the age of 72, and the world lost a one-of-a-kind guy and a terrific broadcasting personality.

• We’re distressed, as no doubt many are, to learn that Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, is suffering from pancreatic cancer. The 68-year-old diva has undergone surgery for the extremely aggressive form of cancer and is said to be recovering nicely from the surgical procedure. There are many who will be praying for her.

• Most experts believe annual cost-of-living adjustments to Social Security have far exceeded the actual inflation rate. Yet with a second consecutive year of zero inflation, Washington Democrats want to pony up an extra $250 per senior citizen. The price tag? Another $14 billion. We’d all like to see another $250 in every senior citizen’s pockets, but this simply flies in the face of logic, and it’s a good thing that it was blocked.

• There are hints coming from the White House that President Obama might be ready to take on the IRS. Aides are quietly acknowledging, without specifics, that the president is preparing to have a go at cutting tax rates while eliminating the incomprehensible number of loopholes and tax breaks that make filing a tax return so cumbersome. We’re apprehensive that Obama might try to slip in a sizeable tax hike in the process, but we’re encouraged that at least he appears ready to simplify the country’s bizarre tax system.

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