Bottom lines: Our views on some recent news

Celebrating Business and Industry

Our bottom-line thoughts on some items of note in the Crossroads Business Journal region follow:

• We don’t pretend to understand the details of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. But is it too much to ask for a law that lets banks do their job while protecting the nation from a financial meltdown? Those don’t seem like conflicting goals to us.

• A person can go through Hagerstown Community College’s truck-driving program for less than $5,500 (less than $3,500, for those who live in Washington County), enter a field where those skills are in high demand and haul down about $40,000 in his or her first year. That’s a pretty good return on investment, if you ask us. Maybe more high school students should learn about that math.

• Kudos to Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, recently ranked No. 11 on Forbes’ list of the top 30 two-year trade schools in the United States. When it comes to aviation, the area’s past seems to be a well-known story while the present remains a well-kept secret. That’s a shame.

• Tax reform won’t send cable news ratings soaring, but if the folks in Washington wanted to get our attention, they’d add more detailed proposals to that one-page list President Donald Trump’s administration released several weeks ago.

• Congrats to the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce on a successful move to its new downtown home. We hope the Hagers-town-Washington County chamber’s move also goes well.

• Tip of the cap to Bopat Electric Co. Inc., Dynamic Automotive and F.B. Harding Inc., the newest eligible employers in the Apprenticeship Maryland youth apprenticeship pilot underway in Frederick and Washington counties. And thanks to the Frederick and Washington county school boards for their roles, too.