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Noted and passed

Posted: January 14, 2011 4:20 p.m.
Updated: January 17, 2011 5:00 a.m.

• If you think the Kennedy family no longer has clout, consider: Caroline Kennedy is said to be the driving force behind the cancellation of the History Channel’s series on the family, though the executive producer insists the script was meticulously researched and historically accurate. He said the aim was to produce a story that showed the family’s difficulties as well as triumphs, and JFK’s romantic trysts were included. Of course it’s not only Democrats who can pull such rank; several years ago, a series on Ronald Reagan was cancelled after Nancy Reagan voiced objections.

• After Sarah Palin made a video denouncing those who partially blamed her for the tragic shooting in Arizona, NBC Nightly News grandly proclaimed that MSNBC had run a poll and 59 percent of respondents disagreed with Palin. Running such a poll on that decidedly left-leaning network would be about as accurate as Fox News conducting a poll on Nancy Pelosi.

• There might be no better gravy train than getting on the merry-go-‘round of professional sports coaching. With multi-million-dollar salaries, coaches who get fired can often pick up another job only days later. John Fox, whose Carolina Panthers were a pitiful 2-12 this year, got canned after the disastrous season, and last week he was hired as head coach of the Denver Broncos. We’d like a part of that action.

• We’re glad to see the S.C. House of Representatives judiciary panel pass a measure requiring voters to present picture IDs at the polls. Some claim this would suppress voting, but in the security-conscious 21st century, there can’t be too many people without some sort of ID card. The integrity of the vote is sacred, and such a measure protects that integrity.

• There was another pit bull attack in Columbia last week, but it wasn’t nearly so serious as a similar attack in Charlotte in which a little girl was killed by so-called pet dogs. Some dog experts say such breeds as pit bulls aren’t inherently dangerous but are made so by their handlers. We say there’s no sense taking chances, and that dogs which have had generations of violence bred into them cannot be predictable.  The owners must be held responsible for their dogs’ attacks, up to and including manslaughter charges.

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