Opinion

Cartoons, opinion columns by Plastics News staffers, plus letters and perspective columns from our readers.

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Science should drive marine litter action


November 12, 2014 11:31 am ET

When it comes to how to fight ocean pollution, the plastics industry always likes to say that it wants sound science to guide government policy. But when it comes to marine litter and plastic bottles, the good science may not be on the industry's...

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Pot takes a backseat to banning bags


November 10, 2014 6:00 am ET

Have we gotten to a point where U.S. voters are comfortable with legalizing marijuana, and also criminalizing plastic bags? And what does that mean to the plastics industry?

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Fakuma smells of optimism, sausage


November 7, 2014 6:00 am ET

Held in picturesque Friedrichshafen, Germany, along Lake Constance, the Fakuma show arrived once again, like a breath of fresh air, Oct. 14-18.

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Perspective
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Leaders can help close the skills gap


November 12, 2014 8:30 am ET

One of the best parts of working for a trade association is getting a glimpse of the goals and challenges of not just one business, but hundreds. Over the past six months, as managing director of the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors ...

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Pay gap large between small, big firms


November 6, 2014 8:06 am ET

People always talk about the huge gap between executive compensation and the pay of the average worker.

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Plastics industry healthier than ever


October 22, 2014 1:58 pm ET

What is it about visiting a plastics factory that never gets old? OK, I'm biased — count me among the “pellet-heads” who love this industry, it's been a part of me for over 30 years.

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Frivolous lawsuits drag us down


September 9, 2014 10:00 am ET

I applaud Mr. Duffy's article in your Mailbag section (“Cease and desist progress?” March 24).

Industry can't attract top talent without help


September 9, 2014 9:55 am ET

Bill Bregar’s Viewpoint article in the June 6 Plastics News was right on regarding attracting young talent. As manufacturers, we have to stop complaining about the lack of qualified employees and do something about it. By now we should realize that no one else is going to help us.

'Rising Stars' shows improvement in industry


September 9, 2014 9:51 am ET

Kudos on Plastics News recognition of the 2014 “Rising Stars.” [Aug. 11 special report]

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