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Noted and passed - Feb. 17, 2014

Posted: February 14, 2014 6:12 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2014 5:00 a.m.

• We note with sadness the recent death of Bill Few of Liberty Hill, one of the great high school football coaches in this state. Few, who attended Clemson on an athletic scholarship, was a no-nonsense coach who instilled discipline in his players and compiled, over his 26-year career, a 221-68-3 record, including three state championships. His last few years on the field were spent at North Central High School.

• Political strategists are getting smarter -- or more annoying, whichever you choose -- every day, and now it looks as if targeted political advertising will be coming our way on television. The “data science” people can now send ads into satellite subscribers’ homes that are targeted to a particular message that’s been derived from information about that specific subscriber -- sort of like direct mail, but over the airways. The purpose, of course, will be to reinforce the positions already held by the people in those households. As for us, with the mid-term elections coming up, we’d just as see a dearth of political ads.           

• We suppose it’s just a sign of the times, but it’s nevertheless disturbing that anxiety levels among teenagers in this country are rising, and they don’t seem to have adequate coping mechanisms to deal with it. Research suggests that such behavior can continue into adulthood; scientists would like to see teens adopt such activities as exercise to help stress, rather than playing video games or going online. That sounds like good advice to us.

• All-American football player Michael Sams made big headlines when he announced last week that he is gay, something he had earlier told his teammates. There’s been a great deal of speculation about Sams’ draft status falling because of “distractions,” which is codespeak for not wanting a gay man in the locker room. We hope Sams will be judged on draft day by his football talent and not his sexual orientation.

• One note from last week: Mother Nature is always in charge.

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