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Hiatus

12 May 2010, 08:37

We apologize but do to a hectic schedule, Mid-Coast Perspective is on vacation.

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More Manufacturing Jobs go the way of the Dodo

31 July 2009, 20:09

As Ford Motor Company announced a $2.3 billion dollar profit for Q2 2009 they again sliced into the blue collar work-force of Northeast Ohio. Today, Ford announced that, even though they’ve turned a solid profit and their stock price has jumped 40% in the past two weeks, they will be eliminating 178 production jobs at its Avon plant. Back in April, Ford VP Marty Mulloy demanded that Ford receive the same concessions from the UAW that GM and Chrysler received. Mulloy contended that without these concessions, Ford would be disadvantaged.

Well Mr. Mulloy, Ford has turned a $2.3 billion dollar profit during the past quarter and Ford’s stock price has tripled since you made that argument. The UAW did its part to help Ford and now Ford repays that help by cutting 178 jobs.

The UAW did not return a call on this subject but did post on their website that it is their understanding that the move was the only way to maintain two production shifts at the Avon Lake facility.

Avon Lake Mayor Karl Zuber was much more willing to discuss the issue. Zuber expressed that the cuts are difficult for his city to absorb at this time, but that he is optimistic that if the economy rebounds, that many of these jobs will be restored.

According to reports coming out of Ford, a more fuel efficient van may begin production at the Avon Lake facility within the next few years. At least there is some reason for Zuber’s optimism. This blogger questions whether the cost savings to Ford, roughly .6% of it’s Q2 profit, justifies such a drastic reduction in force and the loss of hundreds of thousands in tax revenue for the community.

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TSA's Peep-Show

30 July 2009, 19:13

The Transportation Security Agency this week is rolling out Full body scanners as the next step in transportation security at Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport. Hopkins will be the 21st airport in the United States to utilize this technology. Full Body Scanning works by sending and receiving waves at such a high frequency (the millimeter wave), that they pass right through clothing and reflect an image of a person’s body which creates a three-dimensional graphic depiction of the individual. A picture provided by the TSA is provided here.

These graphic images display very clearly every feature of a person’s body, including private parts and external medical devices. For someone with an external colostomy bag, a deformity, or who is just shy, the prospect of someone of someone viewing them in the nude is quite upsetting.

The TSA stands by their decision to implement these scanners. They contend that because the TSA agent monitoring is separated from the individual and because the images are not stored that there are minimal privacy concerns.

Pardon me if I’m not so convinced that a $23,000 per year TSA screener will not use their IPhone to capture the unclothed images of famous people, deformed people or others with unique physical features and distribute them. An employee making $23,000 per year is going to be hard pressed to say no when a Tabloid offers them $500,000 for a picture of George Clooney in his skivvies or the first picture of Ashley Simpson’s pregnant stomach. Personally though, my hang-up is why a federal government employee should be viewing young children naked on a computer monitor. Not really sure how that creepy image keeps me safe.

Additionally, we have some serious constitutionality concerns about this program that’ll we’ll be exploring later.

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Short Break

15 July 2009, 22:36

Now that the budget’s passed, I’m going to take a short break from the blog and regroup, we have so beautiful weather on the middle-coast right now. We’ll be getting back to typical mid-coast business in a few days.

If anyone has a topic they want looked into when we return, shoot me an email at johnathon@midcoastperspective.com.

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End of the Road

10 July 2009, 21:27

Just wanted to let everyone know that the word out of Columbus is that library funding looks to be restored at 66% of the total cut. This means about $150 million of the $227 million cut should be restored. I had to wait to post this until it became public to protect the privacy of my sources in the state-house.

What I’m hearing is that the compromise will be 2010 heavy in that it allots more funding to 2010 than 2011 in an attempt to give libraries time to implement the most drastic of cuts, push levy proposals in November, and hope that tax revenues up-tick in 2010 and 2011. The final numbers haven’t been hammered out, but should be announced on Monday.

Personally, I’m disappointed at the result. While libraries had more of their funding restored than most of the other programs recklessly slashed by Strickland’s budget, a drop in state funding of over 30% combined is unacceptable. While many large branches can absorb this loss, small branches cannot. If it costs $8 to keep the library doors open and you have $7 instead of $5, the doors are still closing.

Good job everyone, I’m sorry we couldn’t do better.

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