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Posted: October 8, 2010 2:02 p.m.
Updated: October 11, 2010 5:00 a.m.

* In nominating Supreme Court justices, many lawmakers and advocacy groups emphasize the importance of diversity on the high court, of having the court “look like” the country at large. We agree with that concept. We do, however, find it interesting that 52 percent of Americans are Protestants but there isn’t a single Protestant on the Supreme Court, and we haven’t heard a hue and cry over that. We’re merely pointing out a statistic, and there’s one more we’ll throw out: every single member of the high court is a graduate of an Ivy League university. A point to ponder, perhaps?

* Rep. Phil Hare of Illinois is giving deficit hawks a great talking point; the Democrat is bumbling around a bit, trying to explain just what he meant when he said the country’s $13-trillion deficit is a “myth.” You can expect to see Republicans make good use of this sound bite as election day approaches.

* Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is a different kind of politician. He was elected a couple years ago to try to rein in that state’s out-of-control spending. Last week he pulled the plug on the nation’s biggest transit project, a multi-billion-dollar tunnel that would have taken commuter trains from suburban New Jersey into Manhattan. Christie heard from experts who said the project was going to suffer $2.5-billion in cost overruns – that’s just an early estimate, and you know what happens to such projects as they move along – and he simply said the state can’t afford it. Such fiscal austerity would be welcome in other areas of the country, and certainly in the federal government.

* Kudos to the Camden Tree Foundation, honored by an organization called TreeSC for having the best community forestry program in the state. Fittingly, the Tree Foundation was recognized for its outstanding efforts in planting and maintaining trees in the community. There’s no mistaking the good work done over decades by the Tree Foundation; all you have to do is look around Camden, and arboreal evidence is apparent.

* We’re glad to see the City of Camden jerk the business licenses of establishments which committed food stamp fraud. When stores and their compatriots team up to do that, they rip off all taxpayers and abuse a program that has had problems with abuse for all of its history. The City of Camden does everyone a service by taking such action.

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