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Posted: February 11, 2011 3:52 p.m.
Updated: February 14, 2011 5:00 a.m.

• Fie on those who are criticizing First Lady Michelle Obama because she served pizza, sausages and Buffalo wings at the White House Super Bowl viewing. Mrs. Obama has been spearheading an effort to get Americans to eat more healthful fare, but she’s right in saying that it isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. People can adopt better diets without completely eliminating those “fun” foods that almost everyone likes. Carping critics need to pipe down.

• Kudos to Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk of Kershaw County, who was a lead sponsor in legislation outlawing alcoholic energy drinks that can lead people to have a false sense of security. Fruity-tasting beverages such as Four Loko will no longer be sold in South Carolina under a bill passed last week in the House of Representatives; it still must clear the Senate.

• We’re glad to see newly elected Superintendent of Education Mick Zais advocate changing the pay structure for public school teachers so that those who produce the best results get paid the most. That’s a stand that teacher unions across the country have fought for many years, though accountability should be a major factor in how teachers are rated and compensated. Under Zais’ plan, underperforming teachers should be given a chance to improve but should face the ax if they don’t.

• There was a three-day gathering of conservatives in Washington last week, with many presidential hopefuls present. Nobody from the GOP has announced a candidacy yet, but there was plenty of “testing of the waters” in the nation’s capital as pols schmoozed and networked. One name that came up was Donald Trump; he’s said to have had White House aspirations for many years. The Donald makes for good television viewing, but we hope he decides not to toss his hat into the ring. Too much of him could get real old, real fast.



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