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Even Trump's toughest critics impressed by speech

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The Washington Post reports that President Donald Trump critic Van Jones of CNN called the president's address: "One of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics, period." What follows is his full commentary:

"There are a lot of people who have a lot of reason to be frustrated with him, to be fearful of him. But that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics, period. And he did something extraordinary. And for people who have been hoping that he would become unifying, hoping that he might find some way to become presidential, they should be happy with that moment. For people who have been hoping that maybe he would remain a divisive cartoon, which he often finds a way to do, they should begin to become a little bit worried tonight, because that thing you just saw him do, if he finds a way to do that over and over again, he's going to be there for eight years. Now, there was a lot that he said in that speech that was counterfactual, that was not right, that I oppose and will oppose. But he did something tonight that you cannot take away from him. He became president of the United States."

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The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce has issued the following Key Vote letter to members of the South Carolina House regarding H.3516, the House road bill. The State Chamber supports passage of this legislation and this vote will be scored on the Chamber's annual Legislative Scorecard.

TO: Members of the South Carolina House

RE: H.3516 - Infrastructure Funding (Support)

Dear Members:

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce supports the passage of H.3516, which invests $600 million of annual, long-term, sustainable revenue for our state's roads and bridges, nearly half of which are rated in "poor" condition. The business community encourages the swift passage of this bill as it provides a diversified revenue stream and includes out-of-state motorists in the solution.

A long term infrastructure solution is a top priority and on the Chamber's 2017 Competitiveness Agenda. Our state's crumbling roads and bridges inhibit economic growth: hundreds of load-restricted bridges force trucks to reroute each day, and the SCDOT estimates that SC has lost an estimated $2.6 billion in economic activity due to traffic congestion. For citizens, fixing our roads is a matter of safety: nearly 1,000 fatalities occurred on South Carolina roads in 2016 alone.

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The Charleston Post and Courier editorial reflects on "The risks of a tweet in haste."

"Marry in haste, repent at leisure," goes the old proverb. The same can be said for hasty statements in this era of instant communications, especially those expressed on Twitter or Facebook.

The issue is not how most of the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who use these services express their thoughts. But when prominent individuals like the president of the United States, or government agencies, or persons who ought to have their minds on something else, decide to tweet, it can matter a great deal.

The Oscars offer two recent examples. According to the BBC, shortly before he handed out the wrong envelope to Warren Beatty naming the winner of the Best Picture Oscar, the accountant responsible for the error tweeted a picture backstage of Emma Stone after she had won the Best Actress award. He quickly deleted the tweet after the on-stage fiasco, but it is fair to ask, did he really have his mind on his responsibilities at a critical time?

No less a personage than Newt Gingrich took Mr. Trump to task last year for saying that President Obama was the "founder" and Hillary Clinton the "co-founder" of the Islamic State.

"One of the things that's frustrating is the imprecise language ," Mr. Gingrich wrote. "He's got to learn to use language that has been thought through and that is clear to everybody and to stick to that language."

It was sound advice. As a wit remarked about some of the incautious things tweeted by celebrities, "They put the Twit in Twitter."

The San Francisco Bar Association recently reminded its members to be careful when using Twitter. "What typically gets individuals in trouble is posting comments, content of photos online imprudently [U]nlike memories that fade, content posted online does not," said its newsletter, going on to remind readers, in words from Twitter's terms of use, "You are what you tweet."

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The Charlotte Observer reports, "When ski lift in N.C. mountains closed, stranded youth had to choose: Jump or freeze."

The family of a snowboarder who suffered broken bones and frostbite after falling 30 feet off a ski lift to avoid freezing to death has sued the popular N.C. mountains ski resort where the youth's nightmare unfolded.

The Tennessee family contends workers at Sugar Mountain Resort in Avery County "were dismissive" when the youth's mother reported him missing.

Snow-making equipment and high winds drowned out the youth's cries for help, according to the lawsuit.

After several hours, the youth became sleepy, and he was afraid he would fall asleep and either freeze or fall out of the chair.

He took his snowboard off, crawled over the edge of the chair, grasped a metal bar below the chair, hung from the bar and let go, falling to the frozen ground below, the lawsuit says.

The fall knocked him unconscious. When he came to, he crawled in pain about 200 yards out of thick woods via a service road to the adjoining Gunter's Way ski run.

He crawled another 300 yards down the ski run to the lighted terrain park area, which had since reopened for night skiing. Two members of the public found him and called ski patrol.

Notable & Quotable is compiled by Graham Osteen. Contact him at graham@theitem.com.