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Woes self-inflicted

| Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
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Participants in the Jan. 5 Rally For Peace in Jeannette march along Clay Avenue.

Regarding the news story “Call for change in Jeannette” : Every time I drive down Clay Avenue, I say, “Poor Jeannette.” It is like a bombed-out small town in Europe during the 1940s and will never get better.

The “change” that made it this way was the average U.S. consumer buying cars from foreign manufacturers in the '70s, which completely destroyed the backbone of America in the '90s, which was auto manufacture. The Steel Belt began the Rust Belt. Gone now are the steel mills, GM plants, rubber works and glass houses. They are in Korea and Japan, where the jobs are.

So, Jeannette is what it is because Americans bought foreign instead of American, not because of a drug problem.

If they had bought American, Jeannette would still be a booming little town, as it always was until the '90s, with a good-paying job for everyone who wanted one and not depending on selling drugs to make a living.

Poor Jeannette, destroyed by its own inhabitants.

John Bengel

Hempfield

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