VALLEY - We're disappointed at lawmakers' blustery reaction to the fact that Olympic athletes' apparel is made in China instead of the U.S. While the uniforms for the 1980 Winter Olympics were designed by Evan Piccone and made in the United States, something like 98 percent of Americans' clothes today are made in other countries. American designer Ralph Lauren is catching heat from lawmakers since his company designed the uniforms being made in China for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Should the lawmakers take part of the blame for economic laws and policies that encourage manufacturing overseas?
MOUNTAIN - On that same subject, we're excited about the Summer Olympics, which are set to begin Friday. While people up here tend to get more charged up about the Winter Olympics, we hope the spirit of the games will light in them and they'll bend their attention for two weeks to the world's greatest warm-weather athletic extravaganza.
MOUNTAIN - Overcrowding of prisons in Vermont presents opportunity in New York. As Vermont looks to build new ones, there is opposition from people who don't want them in their backyards. New York, which is downsizing its prison system after getting rid of the Rockefeller drug laws, could step in and offer to house Vermont prisoners in its northeastern facilities that are close to Vermont and have extra space. Also, we hope Essex County will make an offer. It built a much-larger-than-needed jail in Lewis a few years ago with the intention of boarding out-of-county inmates, but that plan hasn't met expectations. This could be a win-win situation.