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Posted: October 15, 2010 2:32 p.m.
Updated: October 18, 2010 5:00 a.m.

• Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky is locked in a close race with Democrat Jack Conway. Paul, a free-market advocate, wants to do away with the Internal Revenue Service and simplify the tax code. He wants to replace the income tax with a national sales tax, an idea that’s not bad but will have a hard time getting traction. But he is exactly right in saying the federal tax code is impossibly complex and onerous.

• The District of Columbia public schools chancellor, who had shaken up the powerful teachers’ union by advocating merit pay and firing incompetent teachers, has resigned after the mayor who appointed her was defeated for re-election. The district’s teachers don’t want any changes made, though schools there perform woefully. She had the guts to try to shake up the system, but now she’s out. That’s a shame.

• With the World Series approaching, old-timers in Kershaw County will remember the Fall Classic 50 years ago, when Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit a ninth-inning, seventh-game home run to defeat the New York Yankees, the only time a Series has been won with a bottom-of-the-ninth, walk-off homer. It was a different era, when baseball was still the national pastime and the World Series was still played in the daytime. With some games now lasting till past midnight, we’d like to see a return to more day games, but the television dollar will prevent that.

• We couldn’t help but be amused by watching tapes of “The View” show, when conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly so upset liberal hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg that they walked off the set of their own show. All three have giant egos, and it would have been a bit more entertaining had they come to blows. Oh, well, maybe next time.

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