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Noted and passed - Nov. 4, 2013

Posted: November 1, 2013 8:49 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2013 5:00 a.m.

• We’re glad to see Catharine Ammons and James Watson of Kershaw County sentenced to long prison terms for their role in abusing Ammons’ daughter (see today’s front page). The couple battered her unmercifully, and the little girl’s barely survived broken bones, damaged organs and malnutrition. They were given 20 years in prison, and we hope they’ll ponder their misdeeds during their long years beyond bars, which is exactly where they belong.

• It’s a sign of the times that Washington politicians are tooting their horns because the budget deficit is only $680 billion for the 2013 budget year. That’s down from more than a trillion dollars for the 2012 season, and to listen to some of the pols in the nation’s capital, it’s like Uncle Sam is the wisest and most sagacious economic guy in the world. The deficit has been at a record level for the last four years, so the bragging is unwarranted, and the government still needs to address spending issues in a direct manner.

• Kudos to the Boston Red Sox for winning the World Series in their Fenway Park home for the first time in 95 years. The Sox, who set records for ineptitude for many decades, have been a dominant team during the last decade, but defeating the Cardinals in Beantown helped them rise to a new level. We must say, though, that we hope they cut those scruffy beards before next season starts.

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