Diminished dreams

Dear Editor:

In response to the article of the closing of the coal-fired electric power plants, these workers, plus the others from trucking, mining, railroading, and large hauling, probably means well over 1,000 more jobs gone.

The bad days of the closings such as Crucible (5,000 jobs) and Weirton Steel (8,000-9,000 jobs) and at least a 1,000 more jobs from truckers, machine shops, etc., are jobs lost forever. Then, the pottery plant that closed, 2,000-3,000 more. The brick yards and clay mine shut down.

People left by the thousands from our areas as well as store closings.

Our average electric bills are over $80 per month, a raise of 10 to 15 percent from several years ago. How much of a raise with these electric plants closing?

A lot of us that are retired are on fixed incomes with taxes, utility bills, groceries, etc., raising and our social security raises of 8-10 percent in 20 years. How do you catch up from this far behind?

Our town streets, county roads and state highways need major repairs. Where is the money coming from to pay for raising costs? We had, in the past, good-paying jobs and had our American dream. It has diminished since retirement years.

The modern electric plant that’s going to be built in back of Wellsville is a start, but subsidize our electric plants till then.

Roger H. Backus

East Liverpool