Election Year Burnout
Politics might make the world go 'round, but many other global factors influence our industry.
I don’t know about you, but November 9 can’t come quickly enough for me. I don’t recall an election less focused on issues and policies and more focused on the personalities of the candidates. At this point, I just can’t wait for it all to be over. This year’s election season brings to mind this comment from Aldai Stevenson: “I’m not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.”
Politics might make the world go ’round but many other global factors influence our industry, particularly when it comes to the raw materials sector. To shed some light on the situation, Roskill’s David Merriman shares insights in this issue regarding industrial minerals markets and trends. Though China’s economic struggles are causing challenges around the world, some materials are seeing opportunities in certain applications. Take a look at “Industrial Minerals Snapshot” to learn more.
As voters head to the polls next month, manufacturers should be sure they’re in compliance with voting laws. “Employers need to understand the obligations and restrictions regarding allowing employees time off to vote, whether they can encourage employees to vote for specific candidates, and even if they can ban politicking from the workplace,” writes Richard Alaniz in this issue. “Voting and the Workplace” has the details.
What’s your take on the 2016 election? How do you think the results will affect the ceramic industry? Please share your views by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.