TIMES OF LION

Jan/29/2018, TIMES OF LION, US&CANADA

Saginaw – a blue-collar city made famous by Paul Simon’s song America -surprisingly voted for Donald Trump in 2016.What do they think now?

It’s January in Michigan, and Thomas Darabos is walking on water.

He finds a spot, carves a hole in the ice, and sits on a bucket. Then he waits for a bite.

He and 10 others are fishing on the Saginaw River. Their frozen breath hangs in the air.

Tall, smoky chimneys used to line the water. Now, naked trees form silhouettes against the blank sky.

“We had all kinds of industry, but everything’s gone,” says Darabos.

“They’ve got a couple of factories here and there, but it’s not like when I was a kid.

“Business was booming in Saginaw. Now it’s dead.”

The 52-year-old was a labourer before injuring his back and shoulder. In 2016, after a lifetime…

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