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Noted and passed

Posted: December 23, 2010 10:57 a.m.
Updated: December 27, 2010 5:00 a.m.

• The new census brought good news for South Carolina, as the Palmetto State’s population growth over the past decade will result in an additional Congressional seat, bringing the state’s total to 7. As expected, most states which will pick up seats are in the South and the West, and most which will lose states are in the industrial Midwest and the Northeast. The new Congressional map amounts to an obstacle for national Democrats.

• While we’re on the subject of reapportionment, it will be interesting to see how the General Assembly redraws lines, not only for the U.S. Congress but also for the state. Such a process is always political, though of course it is not intended to be, and Republicans will certainly do what they can to continue the decline of the Democratic Party in South Carolina.

• The bills passed by Congress in the last days of this lame-duck session weren’t all perfect, but at least there was some cooperation between the two major parties. That signifies some hope for the year ahead as Congress tackles difficult issues. The repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” was interesting in that top military brass primarily approved the change while support wasn’t as strong among combat troops. We predict it will have little effect, when all is said and done.

• It’s been a pitiful season for pro sports in nearby Charlotte, with the Panthers bumbling their way to a completely inept season and the NBA Bobcats off to another slow start. Last week, owner Michael Jordan, possibly the best player ever, fired coach Larry Brown, certainly one of the top coaches in the league over the length of his long career. The Bobcats lose, they don’t draw many fans and they don’t seem to play hard. Charlotte sports fans should be happy to say goodbye to 2010.

• Baby boomers in Kershaw County certainly remember “The Lone Ranger “ TV series in the 1950s. Announcer Fred Foy, whose deep voice could be heard at the start of every show, died last week at the age of 89. As the masked good guy rode his horse, Foy announced the show by saying, “Hi-Yo Silver! A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty ‘Hi-Yo Silver -- The Lone Ranger.’”  The golden days of the TV western have long ago passed, and Foy’s death will no doubt bring back memories to many.

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