At one time named the dirtiest city in America because of the horrible air quality from the Weirton Steel and Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Mills, Steubenville, Ohio’s air is now relatively clean, but only as a result of the mills closing and/or drastically cutting back production when steel manufacturing started being outsourced to China and other countries. This little city, which in it’s day was a hopping mill town referred to as “Little Chicago” for it’s crime, corruption and alleged ties to the mob, now has a population of only just over 19,000 (according to the 2000 U.S. census) as the younger generation leaves to try and find work elsewhere.
The skies are clearer now, but the dying town is the result of the lack of foresight big business in this country had in sending work to foreign soil instead of taking care of their own and keeping jobs at home. The ticket price of labor & production might be lower in other countries, but the big picture cost is much higher when lost jobs and the ripple effect of those lost jobs on other industries is taken into account.
On this Labor Day, let us join together and honor American workers and their families by making a concerted effort to support American made products. Please read all labels. Help your fellow citizens, which in turn will help you. Let’s be part of the solution and buy American made products whenever there is a choice. It’s not hard to get into the habit of checking labels. We are all connected & dependent on each other. Our successes and our failures are shared.
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