Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

November 15, 2013

EDITORIALS: Economic war with China; Ban on trans fats

(Continued)

The European Union nearly entered an economic war with China earlier this year in an effort to combat such predatory strategies. China’s autocratic government seeks to dominate the world economy and only responds to serious threats, as the recent showdown with the EU proved.

Meanwhile, our internal bickering is distracting us. President Obama skipped a crucial Asian summit last month, a move widely seen as giving China an advantage in efforts to dominate its Asian neighbors. Instead, Obama stayed home to deal with Congress’ shutdown of the federal government.

“I’m sure the Chinese don’t mind that I’m not there right now,” he said. “There are areas where we have differences, and they can present their point of view and not get as much push back as if I were there.”

So, as our communities set tax rates and renew a scramble for the scraps of industry, keep in mind the connection between our fates and the global picture. It's up to our federal government to deal with economic threats facing our nation. China is a formidable and predatory force that wants it all.

----------------------------------------------

A trans fat ban helps us all

(Plattsburgh, N.Y., Press-Republican)

A government plan to ban trans fats is good news for our collective health - despite critics' claims that the Food and Drug Administration is overstepping its regulatory authority.

Scientists are unanimous that consuming trans fats raises a person's chances of having a heart attack. So the government is moving toward a decree that food manufacturers may no longer use the artificial additive that gives food have a longer shelf-life and a less greasy feel.

Some doctors consider trans-fatty acids the worst type of fat because they both raise “bad” (LDL) cholesterol while lowering “good” (HDL) cholesterol. These acids are made by hydrogenation, or infusing vegetable oil with hydrogen. It's not clear why but this process increases cholesterol more than in other types of fats.

Text Only
Opinion
  • Close the tax loophole that sends US corporations overseas Since we last overhauled our federal tax code, in 1986, countries around the world have lowered their tax rates, leaving the United States with the highest corporate tax rate in the developed word. At the same time, the system has become full of inef

    July 29, 2014

  • Israel and the U.S.: Whose survival instinct is stronger? There’s something darkly coincidental in the fact that the latest weapon to be deployed against the survival instinct of both Israel and the United States is an alleged “heartlessness” when it comes to children. The people of Israel are castigated in

    July 29, 2014

  • College cost isn't big problem for poor students To judge by this summer’s banner policy proposals, the most important question for higher-education reform right now is giving students easier access to loans. But evidence from Canada suggests those changes won’t address the greater need: Getting mo

    July 29, 2014

  • Ducks, geese a blessing I would like to respond to the “Geese and ducks causing problems in Veterans Park” article that was published in the Mt. Vernon Register-News on July 16, 2014. I must share that I do understand that at times there have been a great number of the Cana

    July 29, 2014

  • Money not always the answer I really have to stop and think sometimes. I challenge my thought processes when I write these columns. I am having a hard time with this one. It appears to me that every time a governmental agency or any of the entities that spend other people’s mon

    July 29, 2014

  • Teachers unions' destructive behavior You can always count on the national teachers unions to behave badly at their annual conventions, and they certainly didn’t let us down this month. In doing so, however, they let down many of their members, along with students who are working hard to

    July 26, 2014

  • Workers of the world, curb your ambitions A group of Democrats introduced legislation this week to protect low-paid shift workers from last-minute changes in their schedules. The idea fits into an intriguing category of economic activism: Not trying to lift low-paid workers out of poverty, n

    July 26, 2014

  • State of the reunion ‘Katy! It’s been so long! How’ve you been?”My God, she’s gained so much weight I didn’t recognize her. It’s a good thing we’re all wearing nametags. I thought it was some distant cousin past due with triplets.“Bob! Long time, no see.”No hair, either.

    July 26, 2014

  • Fear indifference ‘Perhaps the Catholic church would volunteer to pony up some cash for the illegals’ care then? Hmm?”“Pope should stay out of it. Matter of civil laws, not church laws.”“Thinking that the pope should want the illegals to go to Argentina to get better

    July 25, 2014

  • A push for felon voting rights If advocates have their way, voting rights could be a new reality for the nation’s incarcerated.Full voting rights for felons is as hot a topic in Washington as voting rights in reverse pushed by voter-ID-tickled Republicans. But with new legislation

    July 25, 2014

Twitter Updates
Facebook
Stocks