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Saturday, February 23 2002

 

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of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Standup for U.S. Steel

The Steel Workers Union held a rally at Ace's Lounge this week to encourage present, past, and retired members to join a bus trip to Washington, DC, on February 28 to ask President Bush to impose a 40 percent tariff on steel imports. The President is to decide on sanctions against foreign steel producers who have competed unfairly in the market with the support of their host countries. The International Trade Commission has noted the violations.

Speakers at the rally, including Rep. John P. Murtha and union officials, pointed out that at least 30 steel producers in the United States are going through bankruptcy proceedings. Most notable among these companies to local steelworkers is Bethlehem Steel. Mr. Murtha also stated that a weakened steel industry leads to a weakened country because of reliance on foreign steel that could make us vulnerable in times of crises. Union officials raised the fear that if a company like Bethlehem Steel collapses it might try to get out of pension commitments to retired Steelworkers.

Those opposing such high tariffs claim that such penalties would cause the loss of even more jobs. The president of the local Rod & Wire Mill pointed out that he has to import the billets he needs for raw material. A higher tariff would raise his expenses to a prohibitive level and limit or even curtail his operation and create more layoffs of steelworkers.

The number of employed local steelworkers is far less than in years past, which is one reason the union officials are raising the concerns and asking for the support of retired workers. Communities surrounding Johnstown, like Nanty Glo, grew on the coal industry but in their heyday probably had as many workers employed in one of the Johnstown mills as were employed in the coal mines. Therefore, Nanty Glo and these other communities have many retired steelworkers with a vested interest in the future of the steel industry.

Redistricting politics

The courts have upheld the redistricting plan put forth by the Republican-dominated Pennsylvania legislature. Many local residents and politicians of both parties were disappointed at Rep. Murtha's reticence to get actively involved in the political struggle. However, they still remain strong supporters of him in the upcoming primary election, especially since Frank Mascara of Washington County has announced that he will oppose Rep. Murtha. Most local pundits believe Mr. Mascara is too far removed in both distance and concerns to adequately represent Cambria County.

Weather

This winter continues its fluctuating course of giving us warm days followed by icy blasts out of the north. Next week is to be more of the same. On February 2, that furry prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil, gave us the disheartening news to expect 6 more weeks of winter weather. Well, we are glad to report that a more positive sign of things to come was spotted in the local skies yesterday. A v-shaped formation of geese flew confidently northward. We have more faith in geese who act on their conviction that spring is right behind them. At last report, Phil was still hiding in his burrow on Gobblers Knob.


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Not all that funny, but fun-ny

Think you know everything?

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's movie, It's a Wonderful Life.

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (Sounds a little "fishy" to me, like something the goldfish bowl manufacturers came up with!—Editor.)

Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

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Albert Einstein

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