By RALPH BERRIER JR.
Copyright 2014, The Roanoke Times
Reprinted with permission
Growing up in the blue-collar town of Urbana, Ohio, Beth Macy knew lots of factory men and women.
Her mother soldered lights in an airplane factory and watched other people’s kids while the parents worked manufacturing jobs. This was back in the 1970s and early 1980s, when one could feed and clothe a family on factory wages and could afford to send children to college with a little financial aid from Uncle Sam.