A few months ago, we hired a young woman who brimmed with promise. Recently released from prison, she was determined to undo the damage that drugs had wreaked on her life. She had lost her teeth, her savings and her young children all to the ravages of methamphetamine.

We had lunch together on her first day. Between tortured bites of a crusty sub sandwich, she poured out her life story. She told me she was determined to become the first ever female aluminum pourer in our 113-year history, and by God, she did it within two months. We took pictures of her tipping boiling vats of molten metal, muscles flexing and smiling through gleaming new dentures, and we celebrated her success as a shining example of the blessing of a second chance.