Their View: Texas $1 billion more than Ohio should shame Buckeyes
Mention Ohio and Texas in the same sentence at this time of year, and most thoughts turn to a certain Buckeye-Longhorn gridiron showdown Sept. 9.
Yet look at what the University of Texas system did exactly one month before that big game, and we can't help but think the Lone Star State already has taken the lead in a more important matchup.
Eager to make Texas a math and science mecca, university officials there have approved $2.6 billion worth of investments in laboratories, equipment and faculty recruitment.
The money, which includes additional commitments from state coffers, easily outdistances Ohio's Third Frontier effort, which is supposed to spread $1.6 billion for science and technology across the entire state.
Sure, coach Jim Tressel's troops are likely to triumph on the football field this fall, but the win will be of little comfort if it's followed by loads of jobs fleeing south. When it comes to fiscal prosperity, Ohio needs a new playbook.
- The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer