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Noted and passed - Aug. 26, 2013

Posted: August 23, 2013 10:18 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2013 5:00 a.m.

• The U.S. Congress is a picture of inefficiency, and as we all know, members seem to bear little inclination to compromise. But lawmakers in Washington look like the model of decorum when compared to the Thai Parliament, which descended into chaos last week, with a brawl erupting between police and some members of that body after Parliament debated controversial proposals to amend the country’s constitution. Perhaps an old-fashioned fistfight is what we need on Capitol Hill; our elected officials could perhaps beat some sense into each other.

• Nike has become a worldwide behemoth in a relatively short period of time, and this is the 25th anniversary of the company’s famous slogan, “Just Do It.” Marketing experts say it is simple and easy to remember and has gone far towards building the brand into the giant it is today. Our guess is that while slogans come and go, “Just Do It” will be around for years to come.

• Kudos to Camden’s Liza Boyd, who recently won the International Hunter Derby Championship in Kentucky. Boyd, whose parents Jack and Lisa Towell brought her up in an equine environment, has had a stellar career in the saddle, and she guided her mount Brunello perfectly through the competition.

• University of South Carolina Provost Michael Amiridis has cautioned USC students that Thursday night’s nationally televised football game against North Carolina is not a legitimate reason for students to miss Thursday afternoon or evening classes. We’re not experts on college attendance, but we’re surmising that with the nationally ranked Gamecocks (and yes, so is Clemson) kicking off what appears to be a promising season, there might be lots of empty seats in classrooms.

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