To the editor:
Recently, I heard Gov. John Kasich say on a morning TV talk show that his primary concern for Ohio is jobs, jobs, jobs. Maybe he has forgotten about the unfortunate situation with the closing of Ormet at nearby Hannibal, and the loss of 1,000-plus jobs. That plant shutdown came basically when the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio would not allow AEP to reduce its power charge to Ormet to give the company time to complete a sale to a potential buyer who was prepared to build a natural gas power generation plant at or near the plant location.
The situation with Ormet may be a foregone conclusion due to anyone being able to make money in the current aluminum market, but the fact remains that the governor failed to intercede to provide leadership to get anything done, followed by Democratic elected officials only basically giving lip service to the problem.
We are seeing the failure of both parties to provide leadership in a bipartisan way to keep the state moving forward. This is evident on a grand scale in Washington, D.C., where bipartisanship is almost extinct, and the country is suffering.
I can remember reading and hearing from friends close to the action about how Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neil, then speaker of the House, although differing politically, would get together and work out a bipartisan approach to many of the country's problems, and how many members of Congress, though adversaries at the Capitol, were friends after hours. Today, I believe many do not even speak to each other.
The two-party system is definitely broken. I do not understand why. I can only surmise that elected officials are unable to get beyond their petty differences to do what is best for the country.