Hope & Change, Last of the Ninth

By Norman M. Covert

You don’t have to go far from the bosom of Frederick, Maryland with its booming biomedical research and development industry to see what really is happening in America. A huge billboard looms above the highway near Washington, Pa., proclaiming, “OBAMA NO-JOBS ZONE.” It is a huge plea for help in that mostly coal mining region of America.

Not far from there, Interstate 70, from the Ohio border to Columbus, is an “Obama Jobs Zone.” Traffic crawls through the corridor linking Pennsylvania with Ohio, ignoring the depression of Wheeling, W. Va., also a former coal mining commerce center.… Read More