To the editor:
As a former Steelworker who has seen the effects of unfair trade on our local economy, I am troubled as I watch what the Kasich administration has done to Ormet. As a congressman, John Kasich voted to outsource our jobs to China. As our governor, Kasich is responsible for Ormet's closure and he has done nothing to bring back steel jobs in the valley.
Kasich has tried to say that there is an Ohio "miracle" when it comes to Ohio's economy. He and his friends at JobsOhio have tried to convince Ohioans that the economy is turning around. My question to the governor is, where was the miracle when it came to saving the jobs at Ormet?
Recently, the Ormet CEO in an interview stated that Kasich would not meet with him or discuss saving the 1,000 jobs at Ormet. If Ormet sat on Kasich JobsOhio Board or the executives at Ormet had been campaign contributors to the governor, would Ormet still be operating? And, we all know Kasich's record when it comes to unions. It is no secret that Kasich hates unions. If Ormet was a nonunion company, would the governor have intervened on its behalf?
To add insult to injury, rather than be a leader and take responsibility for his PUCO's decision, he blamed the state of West Virginia. What kind of governor blames neighboring states for job loss under his watch? The governor must think we are stupid. It is a real insult to ignore our region and then deflect responsibility for the actions of his administration.
I have faith in the good people in the Ohio Valley. They know better and they will always remember that when it came to saving good paying jobs in the Ohio Valley, Kasich let them down.
Thank God we have state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, and state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, to look out for the working men and women in the Ohio Valley.
When RG Steel went down to the governor's people to ask about the mills in Mingo, Yorkville, and Martins Ferry, their answer was why should we worry about them, they are in West Virginia.
Johnny T. Waugh