Yes, President Trump, The GM Plant Closing In Ohio DOES Matter

Yes, President Trump, The GM Plant Closing In Ohio DOES Matter

They won't be replaced in two minutes.


It was recently announced, to the shock and outrage of the majority of the nation, that GM planned to shut down various plants in the United States and Canada. While it is saddening overall that these jobs were lost across both nations, one plant is of particular import to me: the Lordstown GM plant, which is in Ohio, where I spent a lot of my life.

This plant is home to 1,400 jobs, all of which would be lost in the event that the plant closed. While many politicians within the state have actively fought back, such as Tim Ryan and Sherrod Brown, others have shown indifference.

No one better demonstrates that more than President Trump who claimed that because he was president, that the plant closing wouldn't matter, and those jobs would be replaced in two minutes.

I know that this is hyperbole, but the real situation could not be further from what the President believes the situation is. These jobs won't be replaced immediately. Hell, they may not be replaced at all. That is the reality of the situation at hand.

Ohio is a state that, at least out east, has been heavily predicated on blue-collar work. Manufacturing, steel mills and coal mines have dotted the landscape out east, from Cleveland down to the banks of the Ohio River near West Virginia. As many cities and towns in this region began to lose those jobs, some cities could not or would not diversify economically and helped lead to a hemorrhaging of citizens from the area — especially in the Youngstown area — where the plant lies.

With so many people leaving, where is this investment into the region going to be coming from?

Manufacturing jobs have been trending downwards as more and more jobs become more automated, and the Steel Valley has been bereft of any significant investment in new jobs from these types of corporations. There is a good chance these types of union jobs will not return as a result of that alone.

Furthermore, as these types of jobs leave, there aren't many good paying jobs that do NOT require some type of higher education and more developed skills. That is not something Youngstown possesses in high volume (especially when compared to other Ohio cities like Cleveland, which significantly diversified and still lost a significant number of people). Youngstown, despite its strong entrepreneurial heritage and the Youngstown Business Incubator, is not a major center for an industry like it used to be.

The area isn't the headquarters for multiple Fortune 500 companies like Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland are. It no longer has the same pull or attractive forces that those three cities, and other cities in the Midwest, have. Youngstown, for all of its history, sits in an area that has been losing people, networking opportunities, and other resources for decades.

Combine that with the lost jobs and the well-publicized opioid epidemic gripping the state, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Simply put, the plant closing does matter. These 1400 jobs may not be replaceable, and their loss could throw the area into chaos. We must remember, however, that the fight is not over. We can still fight for these jobs. We must stand — for the workers at Hamtramck, the workers at the Canadian plants and the workers at the Lordstown GM plant.

These jobs matter. Call your representatives, senators and governors — especially if you are in Ohio.

Fight like hell for all of them.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

Cover Image Credit: Sushiesque / Flickr

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Dear Senator Walsh, I Can't Wait For The Day That A Nurse Saves Your Life

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.


Dear Senator Walsh,

I can't even fathom how many letters you've read like this in the past 72 hours. You've insulted one of the largest, strongest and most emotion-filled professions.. you're bound to get a lot of feedback. And as nurses, we're taught that when something makes us mad, to let that anger fuel us to make a difference and that's what we're doing.

I am not even a nurse. I'm just a nursing student. I have been around and I've seen my fair share of sore legs and clinical days where you don't even use the bathroom, but I am still not even a nurse yet. Three years in, though, and I feel as if I've given my entire life and heart to this profession. My heart absolutely breaks for the men and women who are real nurses as they had to wake up the next morning after hearing your comments, put on their scrubs and prepare for a 12-hour day (during which I promise you, they didn't play one card game).

I have spent the last three years of my life surrounded by nurses. I'm around them more than I'm around my own family, seriously. I have watched nurses pass more medications than you probably know exist. They know the side effects, dosages and complications like the back of their hand. I have watched them weep at the bedside of dying patients and cry as they deliver new lives into this world. I have watched them hang IV's, give bed baths, and spoon-feed patients who can't do it themselves. I've watched them find mistakes of doctors and literally save patient's lives. I have watched them run, and teach, and smile, and hug and care... oh boy, have I seen the compassion that exudes from every nurse that I've encountered. I've watched them during their long shifts. I've seen them forfeit their own breaks and lunches. I've seen them break and wonder what it's all for... but I've also seen them around their patients and remember why they do what they do. You know what I've never once seen them do? Play cards.

The best thing about our profession, Senator, is that we are forgiving. The internet might be blown up with pictures mocking your comments, but at the end of the day, we still would treat you with the same respect that we would give to anyone. That's what makes our profession so amazing. We would drop anything, for anyone, anytime, no matter what.

You did insult us. It does hurt to hear those comments because from the first day of nursing school we are reminded how the world has zero idea what we do every day. We get insulted and disrespected and little recognition for everything we do sometimes. But you know what? We still do it.

When it's your time, Senator, I promise that the nurse taking care of you will remember your comments. They'll remember the way they felt the day you publicly said that nurses "probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." The jokes will stop and it'll eventually die down, but we will still remember.

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

Please just remember that we cannot properly take care of people if we aren't even taken care of ourselves.

I sincerely pray that someday you learn all that nurses do and please know that during our breaks, we are chugging coffee, eating some sort of lunch, and re-tying our shoes... not playing cards.

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