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Noted and passed

Posted: February 4, 2011 2:18 p.m.
Updated: February 7, 2011 5:00 a.m.

• We’re glad to see that the Camden Police Department and Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk are both taking part in trying to get alcohol energy drinks outlawed in South Carolina. The beverages, which come in large cans, have high alcohol content along with a significant amount of caffeine, which can be a deadly combination, especially for young drinkers who have had little experience with alcohol. The dangers of these drinks are widely known, and Funderburk is one of several legislators who introduced a bill in the General Assembly. It is now wending its way through the legislative process.

• Uber-liberal Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio has settled a lawsuit he filed against a Capitol Hill cafeteria after Kucinich claimed he bit into an olive pit in a sandwich, causing him great misery. Kucinich sued for $150,000 but the terms of the settlement weren’t revealed. We can imagine sandwich shops all over Washington will have Kucinich’s photo taped inside, with the words “Do Not Serve.”

• We offer congratulations to the eight Kershaw County schools recently recognized by the S.C. Department of Education for academic achievement and closing achievement gaps. The Palmetto Gold and Silver awards program winners were Lugoff-Elgin Middle, Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Camden Elementary, Leslie M. Stover Middle, North Central Middle, Baron DeKalb Elementary and Wateree Elementary schools.

• We were recently reminded of the old saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” when we saw a television commercial for “body shapers” which help people hold in their tummies and look more trim. The younger generation might not realize these things have been around a long, long time, though not with a modern name. They used to be known as girdles and corsets, but we imagine sales would lag if they were marketed with those names today.

• The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has turned thumbs down on airports which want to bypass the government agency and hire private security screeners. Several large airports already have opted out of TSA service, but last week TSA chief John Pistole said he would not approve further programs, reversing an earlier opinion that private screening was a viable alternative. The TSA has come under its share of criticism, and the traveling public would be better served with another option. But it should surprise nobody that a government agency would say no to any form of competition.

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