Opinion

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

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Lawmakers target plastic bags, bottles


September 18, 2014 2:19 pm ET

California is poised to ban single-use plastic bags. At this point Gov. Jerry Brown could still veto the bill, but that seems extremely unlikely.

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CEO likeability is an unmeasured asset


September 9, 2014 12:01 pm ET

Would you want to work for Artie T.?

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Higher profits and rising blood pressure


August 27, 2014 12:19 pm ET

Company CEOs are typically big supporters of capitalism and the free market, and they should be. It's a great system for raising the standard of living, rewarding hard work and encouraging efficiency.

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Perspective
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Benchmark your government relationships


September 17, 2014 12:39 pm ET

Throughout our 19 year history, the Manufacturers Association of Plastics Processors (MAPP) has, for the most part, avoided being involved in government relations and lobbying. Our colleagues at the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. do a very...

Assess your risk to employee kidnapping


September 9, 2014 11:03 am ET

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of State issued another warning to U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling in Mexico due to threats to safety and security including kidnapping. In the statement, it said the number of kidnappings throughout Mexico is of particular concern and appears to be on the rise — increasing over 30 percent...

North American Plastics Alliance celebrates three years, and welcomes Anipac


August 20, 2014 1:35 pm ET

Three years ago, the three leading plastics industry associations in the U.S. and Canada formally joined forces to create the North American Plastics Alliance (NAPA). Although we already were cooperating on many issues, we agreed that by memorializing a commitment to work together we could create efficiencies and be more effective as...

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Mailbag
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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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