Editorial roundup

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:

The Canton Repository, Oct. 7

Amid the political bickering over economic plans, taxes and trade deals that we hear every election cycle come these standard refrains: “All the manufacturing jobs have gone to China and Mexico” and, “Nothing is made in America anymore.”

Those views are stated so often, and go unchecked so often, that they come to be accepted as factual…

It’s not to say that manufacturing in the United States, Ohio and Stark County don’t face challenges… Workers must adapt their skills to new technologies to compete in a global jobs market. Some companies aren’t surviving.

But to say manufacturing is dead here? Not quite yet…

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 687,000 Ohioans worked in manufacturing jobs in August, the most recent month for data. Yes, that’s still down from the figure of 794,000 a decade ago, but it’s also up significantly from a low of about 612,000 in August 2009 as the Great Recession cascaded over the national economy. Job recovery in the sector has been steadily upward, albeit sometimes slow, for the past seven years.

Manufacturing employment in the Canton-Massillon area has followed nearly the same pattern as the state and national trends, with our region — now employing about 28,000 in the sector — closer statistically than Ohio as a whole in fully recovering the manufacturing jobs lost between 2007 and 2009…

Online: http://bit.ly/2dDGRop


The Marietta Times, Oct. 8

When Edward Snowden fled from the United States in 2013, bearing with him an enormous amount of secret government information, it became clear the National Security Agency was anything but secure. Members of Congress demanded and President Barack Obama’s administration pledged to seal up leaks at the NSA.

It didn’t happen. This week it was revealed a virtual carbon-copy of the Snowden snooping occurred earlier this year.

Harold T. Martin III, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was, like Snowden, a contractor providing services to the NSA. He even worked for the same company, Booz Allen Hamilton. And he managed to steal government secrets from the NSA.

Martin was arrested in August. Classified material was found in his home and car, prosecutors say. It has not been revealed whether Martin passed any of the information on to others; his attorney says he had no intention of doing so.

Obviously, the FBI will not reveal much about how it became aware of Martin’s misdeeds. But the very fact he managed to get secret information out of the NSA raises red flags about post-Snowden security reforms. If attempts to beef up security were so weak they did not even deter Martin, one wonders whether they were strong enough to thwart other thefts.

Online: http://bit.ly/2dEpH6y

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