(Beacon Journal) In August 2019, in Cincinnati, President Trump said, “Ohio is the most successful it’s ever been in the history of our country.” I could not help but laugh. I worked for General Motors for 12 years and a few months ago, I was making more than $30 per hour at GM’s Lordstown plant. Now, I am going to school to be an HVAC technician where I will make $15 per hour.

GM runs in my bloodline. My father was a GM worker. So was my uncle and my cousin, and I, too, remain passionate about auto work. The area surrounding Lordstown is home to hard-working and close-knit people, but many of us in the Mahoning Valley already feel beat down.