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It seems to us: Invisible film, Lancaster’s School Board and the George Carlin archive

Some medical marvels are worth duplicating in the political realm. News of an invisible film that can be painted on a person’s skin to give it the elasticity of youth should be applied to political rhetoric.

Politicians and would-be politicians could espouse some long-held belief on a range of controversial topics from immigration to abortion and then, voilà, apply this new, magical skin that allows them to mask over previous statements, making them obsolete in the minds of voters.

Wait, this sounds oddly familiar.

Just when you thought the acrimony had ended over a nickname that essentially evolved into a racial slur, the issue has returned. Really, it never left the buildings that make up the Lancaster School District.

Pro-Redskins School Board candidates and their supporters are at it again with candidates and supporters who back the administration. Another fight is being played out, this one in the run-up to Tuesday’s pivotal board election.

There is a more respectful nickname, Legends. But some stuck-in-the-past diehards won’t give up. Politics is an ugly business. More so when it involves children. Speaking of whom: Maybe School Board candidates should worry more about their education than refighting old battles.

Just a thought.

Anyone who snickered at the idea of establishing a comedy hall of fame in little old Jamestown got a wake-up call this week when it was announced that the archives of one of the 20th century’s most provocative and enduring comedians would find a home at the nascent National Comedy Center in Jamestown.

Those would be the papers belonging to the late George Carlin, who rode to fame in 1972 based on his routine on the “Seven Dirty Words You Can Never Say on Television.” The idea of forbidden words – whose use got Carlin arrested – almost seems quaint in the era of cable TV though, come to think of it, not so quaint that we’re willing to print any of them here. But we digress.

Carlin’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, is making the donation to the center, which will be located in the hometown of one of America’s most famous and beloved clowns, Lucille Ball. If the gift that includes handwritten journals, annotated set lists and personal scrapbooks doesn’t make the center a hit from opening day, it will go a long way toward it.

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