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• Young people have great resiliency, and we enjoyed a quotation from pro golfer Rory McIlroy after he ran away with the U.S. Open recently. Asked if his last-round collapse in the Masters tournament last spring was weighing heavily on his mind as he approached the final round in the Open, he replied, “Honestly, I don’t know what all the fuss is about, because at the end of the day it’s just a golf tournament and I’m 21.” That’s what we call keeping your perspective.

• For the first time in decades, the packaging on cigarettes will soon have more graphic, even startling, warnings. Large portions of the packages will be covered by gruesome photographs of people suffering from some of the diseases caused by smoking. The government is trying to be as realistic as possible in warning people who buy cigarettes -- youngsters, especially, who might be on the cusp of decades-long addiction periods -- that there’s nothing glamorous about smoking. We hope the effort works.

• Like many people in Kershaw County, we were sorry to learn that singing legend Glen Campbell is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. In his heyday, during the 1960s and 1970s, Campbell was a sweet crooner, churning out lots of hits. (Our favorite was “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.”) Campbell is 75 and faces the same difficult road that besets all people afflicted by the horrid disease. We wish him the best.

• With a crisis looming in Washington over a debt ceiling, Republicans and Democrats continue to squawk at each other. Americans are growing tired, we believe, of the constant fighting that the two parties are doing, all the while with the economy still lagging and deficits growing. Third-party efforts have rarely been successful, but we’re almost to the point of wanting to see a fresh face step forward who can bridge the gap.