A recent news story in Orange County reveals a much greater threat to "our way of life" than Saddam Hussein.
The story was about the loss of 400 jobs in Santa Ana at A&E Systems and the company's move to Indiana, "A&E Systems Plant Will Be Shut Down," (Aug. 24) by Leslie Berkman. The decision was motivated by local environmental-protection requirements on spray-painting and metal-coating, as well as the fact that Indiana is a lower-cost area.
Where is the money going to come from, if not from industrial employment? Where will the opportunity for jobs lie, for both white- and blue-collar young men and women in the coming years? Are we going to have to move to make a living, leaving Southern California to be enjoyed by a fortunate well-to-do few and a service-economy peasantry who serve them?
The growing number of such stories as A&E Systems must be encouraging to those who would like to see the area return to its pastoral character of 50 years ago, with fields of oranges and tomatoes. But to those who have growing families, a need for income, a desire for prosperity and stability, it is a fearful prospect.