Kokomo Perspective 11 04 2015 E Edition Page A1

GMCH left out in the cold Proposed labor contract provides no new investment in Kokomo facility While many members of the United Auto Work- ers (UAW) employed by General Motors (GM) may be pleased by the proposed national labor agreement currently awaiting ratifi- cation, those General Mo- tors Component Holdings (GMCH) employees in Kokomo may have some cause for concern. The Kokomo facility is missing from the contract language on a number of fronts, even though many of the benefit and wage improvements in the agree- ment will find their way here. The most disappoint- ing part of the proposed agreement is the complete absence of the Kokomo fa- cility from the companys $8.3 billion in new invest- ment and job commit- ments. GMCH plants in Grand Rapids, Lockport, and Rochester all received new work commitments, amounting to 247 new jobs. This is in addition to a $119 million investment and 300 new jobs promised to the GMCH Rochester facility earlier in the year. Nearly as concerning is the specific provision which enables GM to consolidate one or more GMCH opera- tions into another existing GM or GMCH plant, and to sell any of the four GMCH site operations. The agreement also would strip GMCH work- ers of the right to strike, and prohibits any slow down, picket, or stoppage of work. Should a GMCH facility successfully negotiate work from a third-party -- some- thing that has taken place in Kokomo in the past -- the union must consider wage and benefit reductions in order to ensure the opera- tion remains competitive. In those situations, a change to the national agreement An addict's story Albert Peers fought his way out of a 31-year addiction to heroin (Editors note: The follow- ing story includes graphic descriptions of the physical consequences of heroin abuse, along with some profanity. It is the first in an ongoing series of articles which will focus on the drug problem in Kokomo.) Albert Peers grew up on the west side of Chicago. He had dreams of going to college, getting a degree, and making a life for him- self. Heroin did that for him, and then it tore it all apart. After six years of hos- pitalization and rehabili- tation, he managed to get away from the drug and its addictive death grip. Now he hopes to help users in Kokomo get clean as well. I was a heroin addict for 31 years, said Peers. I ran heroin and cocaine to get myself through college. It wasnt the nickel and dime stuffyou see on the street. It was two kilos a week on I-57. I would break down in rush hour tric. The right guy would pull up and say the right word. Wed exchange packages, and Id be gone. I went to folks my grandfather knew; he was a bookie for the John Gotti crime family. I was able to get a hold of the right people and tell them what I needed the money for. I wanted to go to college. They made sure that I did, and then they cut me off. I wasn't allowed to deliver after I graduated. They knew my grandfather. They obliged what I needed. He may have been sepa- rated from the criminal act of dealing, but heroin never lefthis life. As a user, Peers, watched his friends and family slowly fade away SOLVING THE UNSOLVED Paranormal investigators share their evidence for First Friday L ynn Andersons interest in the paranormal be- gan when she was just a kid after strange things started happening in her home in Hobart, Ind. At night, she could hear someone playing on the pool table in the basement. She could hear the balls slam together, hit the pockets, and roll down to the end. You could hear it clear as day. Youd go down there, and the balls were perfectly right where they were sup- posed to be, she said. Anderson said glass pop bottles randomly would explode in the middle of the night, mugs would fly offshelves, and her mother's cigarettes were always disappear- ing and reappearing. Anderson researched the house and found it was built by a preacher, but as far as she could tell, no one died in it. When Anderson got older, she began doing paranormal investiga- tions with her mother, going to cemeteries and places with reputations of being haunted. Each Christmas, she would ask for equipment for these investigations. Now, shes part of a team, Full Spectrum Paranormal, and her equipment spans from K2 meters to detect elec- tromagnetic fields to in- frared cameras for night surveillance to a thermal imager to detect heat and temperature fluc- tuations. Theres even whats called a Ghost Box, which is basically a transistor radio that has been manipulated to con- tinuously scan. Ander- son said spirits can use the Ghost Box to answer questions or deliver mes- sages by picking words from stations--something she was skeptical of until she heard it for herself. When Andersons mother got sick with can- cer, the two made a deal. When her mother died, if there was a way, shed let Anderson know whether she was wasting her time with paranormal investi- gating. I said to her, If theres a way, can you let me know that Im not wast- ing my time with this ghost hunting? Ander- son said. Not long after her mothers passing, Ander- sons fathers new wife told Anderson that her mother was still in the house. She said, Your moth- er is still in that house. Ive seen her, and she does stuff. She makes cabinets slam. She didnt say she was being mean or anything like that, but she said she saw her one morning when she was smoking a cigarette on the sofa a 3 a.m. She said out of the corner of her eye, she looked, and my mother was standing in the hallway, she said. Anderson and her hus- band, Brett, who is also part of Full Spectrum Paranormal, took their equipment and went to the house, which was in Tennessee, to see if they could figure out whether those claims were true. What they found, Ander- son said, was hard to ex- plain away. Andersons father, his wife, and Anderson and Brett sat around a table with the K2 meters, at- tempting to communi- cate with the paranormal. At first, we got no re- sponses. Then I yelled at her, and I said, Mother, you promised. All of a sudden both of [the K2 meters] lit up. They just pegged. Then we started asking questions, and she was answering them in response. My father didnt believe. He said, Oh, youre making that happen. Theres nothing electromagnetic about me that could make those things go off, she said. 765-452-0055 kokomoperspective .com e-edition November 4, 2015 by Alyx Arnett Features Reporter aarnett@kokomoperspective.com Perspective Photo / Provided PARANORMAL - Full Spectrum Paranormal has investigated hundreds of properties, including the 1800s cabin located on SR 22. 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