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Noted and passed

Posted: December 17, 2010 10:36 a.m.
Updated: December 20, 2010 5:00 a.m.

• It’s been much colder than normal here in Kershaw County and many people are ready for an easing of the temperatures. But one friend suggested recently we should be thankful; he had checked weather information on-line, and for a recent week in Fairbanks, Alaska, the high temperature --   the high -- was negative 28 degrees. The low was negative 51. Those readings make our recent nights in the teens seem absolutely balmy.

• One of the most strident voices in the United States Congress is Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York, a left-fringe guy who’s not hesitant about blasting his opinions whenever anyone will listen – or actually, whether they listen or they don’t. He engaged in another rant recently about the tax issue in Washington, and every time we see Rep. Weiner carrying on, it dawns on us that he is appropriately named.

• Speaking of the tax issue, Washington insiders in both the White House and Congress couldn’t resist loading up the measure with pork, the very thing voters cast a ballot against in November. There are all sorts of special interest provisions in the bill, most of the inserted to make sure the legislation would pass. The pork part of this is more “business as usual” in Washington, and it smells bad.

• We’re glad to see Camden’s Bill Byars get the top job at the S.C. Department of Corrections. Byars took over the troubled Department of Juvenile Justice and did a terrific job solving problems and getting that agency straightened out. He’ll have a task at Corrections that could be even more difficult, but we’re confident he’ll do a good job.

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