To the editor:
This is in regards to the story "Officials: Arcelor-Mittal demolition under way" that appeared in the June 8 edition.
Both of my paternal and fraternal grandparents retired from the mill with 35 years. My father got cheated out of his retirement by getting injured on the job at another's fault. My father would have gotten a retirement, because that's just the man he was, a worker. Therefore, I have a certain amount of pride for Ernest T. Weir starting the mill and my family working hard in it.
Mike Starvaggi, my cousin, also began a business here and so I am proud of his efforts and Weirton's business history.
I feel happy that the old mill will be torn down as it hasn't provided jobs since my father's days, and it is been an eyesore falling apart. I would rather it be replaced with jobs. On the other hand, it is sad because so many residents invested so much time in the mill and it used to be American owned.
It is a shame that we are no longer a steel producer in Weirton, or America for that matter. What a shame, that we cannot provide our children jobs and pride. I served 22 years in the military to protect our nation and the security interest of our nation through other countries. Now, I come back to this a nation falling apart in the industrial sector.
Either come back strong like never before, or say goodbye and don't come back to embarrass us.
E. Brian Starvaggi