On Feb. 21, Cleveland.com writer Rachel Dissell spoke about lead poisoning affecting children’s ability to learn during her time on America’s Work Force.
Dissell spoke about the major issue of lead poisoning in Northeast Ohio homes affecting children’s ability to learn, beginning when they reach Kindergarten. Dissell explained that these kids are being exposed to excessive amounts of lead in their homes from lead based paint used when they were built. Dissell said that over 97 percent of homes in Cleveland were built before 1976, which means that lead based paint was used on the interior of the house. Over the years, when the paint began to chip, disintegrate, and the particles float around and get inhaled, it poisons the house occupants. With children, when exposed at a young age, the effects start to surface around the age of the average Kindergartner. This can cause impulse control, attention deficit problems, visual problems, and other irreversible damage. Dissell said that there is currently an effort to push legislation through to make it so houses are thoroughly inspected and examined, allowing a new family to move in based on the safety of living.
José Arroyo, United Steelworkers staff representative from Local 621, spoke about the Lordstown plant closure during his Feb. 21 AWF appearance. He mentioned that not only are the workers at GM Lordstown losing their jobs, but also the company that services GM parts, pre-assembly of certain components, and warehouse logistics with GM will also be losing work because of the factory shut down.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Governor Mike Dewine proposing that the way to fix Ohio’s roads and bridges is with money from an increased gas tax. He also spoke briefly about President Trump declaring a national emergency to receive money to fund the southern border wall.