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Posted: February 18, 2011 4:21 p.m.
Updated: February 21, 2011 5:00 a.m.

• A simple but efficient system is helping prevent meth production in South Carolina. A computer tracking system that went online in early January monitors purchases of the cold remedy pseudoephedrine -- a key ingredient in meth -- as they are made and thus prevents lawbreakers from going from store to store to buy large supplies of the over-the-counter drug. Nearly 6,000 sales have been prevented in the month since the system went online; some of those certainly would have gone into meth. It’s a good system that is apparently doing exactly what it was designed to accomplish.

• State legislators are considering a system that would establish design standards for public schools, thus saving taxpayers millions of dollars in architectural fees. Schools pretty much are designed to do the same thing no matter where they are built, and this process makes perfect sense. Under the proposal, there would be three standard architectural plans each for elementary, middle and high schools; school districts could choose from those and avoid the fees charged for custom schools.

• Sometimes we tend to think that some types of crimes are limited to urban areas, but two incidents of Camden home invasions in the last few months have proven that’s not the case. Last week three elderly people were savagely beaten and robbed by men who knocked on their door and then burst in. A similar incident occurred in the same part of the county in November. We hope these criminals will be apprehended and spend long years in jail.

• We notice yet another attack by a vicious dog on a small child in South Carolina, this one coming in Port Royal. The 3-year-old toddler was attacked by a -- you guessed it -- pit bull while walking down a street with her baby sitter. It is the same few breeds that continually exhibit this kind of behavior; we hope its owner will be charged and prosecuted. A civil suit would be in order, too, so the owner can get hit where it hurts -- in the pocketbook.

• Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is using a novel approach in trying to raise taxes -- the Bible. Dayton, in seeking to raise taxes to unprecedented levels on upper-income citizens, quoted what he said was his father’s favorite verse: “To whomsoever much has been given, of him shall much be required.” We would remind the governor that politicians have been quoting the Bible for generations, and usually inaccurately, and in this case Dayton is certainly twisting the words of Luke to suit his own purposes. Politicians need to stay away from quoting the Bible to prove their points.

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