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Time to save part of our Valley

Published: Mon, September 3, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Time to save part of our Valley

I recall the days of the Save Our Valley Campaign to bring the Cobalt to Lordstown. We signed petitions, wrote letters, and rallied to “bring it home.”

Fast forward to today. As a Delphi salaried retiree, the Labor Day celebration is one that we, and the other 94 percent of workers not in unions, will be sadly forgotten. Yet, before a plant has anything to build, thousands of hours by engineers, accountants, technicians and a vast network of support has already been choreographed and in motion but their contribution is down played and even treated with contempt by the Obama administration. They’ve allowed no transparency into their use of tax funds in the GM bailout and won’t explain how a pension funded to required levels came to be terminated.

Effects are $200 million locally and evaporation of 1,700 downstream jobs, putting many retirees at or below the poverty line. Isn’t this worth a ‘Save our Valley?’ Yet VP Biden says the retirees “Did Just Fine.” Well, it ain’t so, Joe. The president said his campaign is “Still about Hope.” Hope doesn’t pay the bills. As I see it, it’s about divisiveness and politics at its worst. I expected better from this president.

Mary Ann Hudzik, Warren


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