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Noted and passed - Feb. 24, 2014

Posted: February 21, 2014 11:42 a.m.
Updated: February 24, 2014 5:00 a.m.

• We commented just last week on the wise decision by Volkswagen workers in Tennessee to turn down unionization with the UAW. But Gov. Nikki Haley’s statement that unionized plants aren’t welcome at all in South Carolina is off the mark. Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden, who’s running against Haley, said South Carolina should remain a right-to-work state, where workers have the right to decide whether to join unions. That’s a more reasonable position.

• It comes as no surprise that President Obama now wants to increase spending on popular programs while dropping a plan to slow the growth of Social Security benefits. Note: that doesn’t mean cutting benefits, it simply means trimming the rate of future increases. The president seemingly has never met a spending program he didn’t embrace.

• A snake-handling minister in Kentucky died last week after being bitten by a serpent; he had been apprehended earlier for transporting rattlesnakes and copperheads through Tennessee, a legal violation. The pastor was bitten at his church, then refused treatment and died. People do strange things in the name of religion.

• The thin margin between victory and defeat was never more evident than in last week’s victory by the Canadian women’s ice hockey team over the United States. Canada scored its first goal on a freak deflection. Then a late-game “open net” shot on the Canadian goal bounced off the goal post; one inch farther to the right and it would have gone in, wrapping up a gold medal for America. Instead, it missed; then Canada tied the game and won in overtime. The margin between gold and silver is indeed razor thin.


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