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• If you listened to President Obama’s speech last week, you probably got the idea that the United States imposes an unfairly high tax burden on citizens who make the least money. In reality, the bottom 50 percent of all earners pay only 2.7 percent of all taxes. That’s hardly confiscatory.

• We read that badboy actor Charlie Sheen has been booed off the stage in both Chicago and New York as he attempts a comedy tour. Somehow, we can’t work up much sympathy for Sheen, and sometimes “he’s getting what he deserves” seems to be a fitting commentary. In this case, it is.

• The flap over tax breaks for Amazon.com in Lexington County revives a question that we’ve asked for years: if all states were to forego tax incentives for attracting companies and simply sell the virtues of their location and their work force, then they would all be on similar footing and wouldn’t have to resort to “giving the store away” in order to attract industries and businesses -- thus jobs. That’s perhaps a simplistic philosophy, but it makes sense.

• It’s a bit frightening that Donald Trump now ranks second among all potential Republican presidential candidates, and it was interesting to watch his recent dust-up with comedian Bill Cosby on the Today Show. Trump and Cosby had a verbal duel, and Trump insisted he is serious about a presidential run. We predict reality will bring him back to earth and that he’ll remain on TV, and not in presidential politics.

• It was 50 years ago this week that Yuri Gagarin of the Soviet Union became the first man in space, setting off deep concern in the United States that the Soviets were far more advanced technologically. It wasn’t until January of 1962 that John Glenn became the first American in space, but of course, the U. S. went on to “win” the space wars and put men on the moon later that decade. It’s ironic to look back now at the fear that gripped the nation then, and especially the next year during the Cuban missile crisis, and realize the Soviet Union doesn’t even exist anymore.

• We noticed on a TV news clip recently that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was commenting on the Pledge of Allegiance, and he noted that he was moved by the terms “one nation” and “indivisible.” Somehow he left out “under God,” which is certainly a part of the Pledge of Allegiance but apparently doesn’t move him very much.