Circumnetting Today’s Washington Post

Many items of interest and irritation in today’s Washington Post relating to the economy and manufacturing.

Why overregulate leading U.S. innovators?FDA approval process faulted at hearings on medical devices,” covering last week’s hearing on medical device regulation in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health:

FDA leadership is in the process of overhauling the 35-year-old system used to clear most devices, triggering a slew of reports and analyses aimed at influencing the agency’s plans.

On the one side are device manufacturers, who say that FDA reviews have gotten longer and less predictable, forcing some companies to launch their devices overseas to stay in business. They say American patients no longer have access to the latest medical treatments, forcing some to fly to Europe for surgery.

Infrastructure took only 40 years?Md.’s Intercounty Connector gets ribbon-cutting as opening is delayed for snow”:

Given that officials once thought the Intercounty Connector would open by 1970, the fact that they finally cut the ribbon on Monday and then postponed the opening until Wednesday seemed very much in keeping with the story line.

Delays, this one because of a looming snowstorm, are woven through the history of the highway that will provide a northern link between the two Maryland counties that are wrapped around Washington.

 R.I.P.,Jorge Arana, Peruvian-born civil engineer, dies at 92

Jorge Arana, a Peruvian-born civil engineer who worked in countries around the world as a designer of industrial paper plants, sugar cane factories and earthquake-resistant buildings, died Feb. 15 at an assisted-living facility in Charlottesville. He was 92 and had Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Arana worked for several multinational companies, notably W.R. Grace & Co., a company that was founded in Peru in the 19th century and had considerable business interests in South America. He and his brothers also founded an engineering company, Techo Rex, in the 1950s.

Good review, but why the gratuitous slam on Patrick O’Brian?Book review: Carsten Jensen’s ‘We, the Drowned‘”:

Carsten Jensen’s epic unfolds across nearly 100 years, from 1848 to 1945. Interwoven stories play out in seaports all over the world, from Samoa to Newfoundland, but the men and the boys, and most of the women, are Marstallers, citizens of a tiny seafaring town on the Danish island of Aero, on the eastern side of the Jutland peninsula. The North Sea boils on the west, the Baltic on the east, and for centuries, Marstal ships – mostly wooden – sailed the seven seas.

And another predictable Tom Toles cartoon attacking business and industry. Makes one nostalgic for the subtle approach of Herblock.

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