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At Least Nobody Threatened to Sue Over the Recent Column That Was Critical of Lawyers

January 13, 1991

The proliferation of greedy legal eagles has done much to destroy the U.S. industrial base. A prime example is the manufacture of light aircraft, a once-healthy industry that did much to offset our import-export imbalance.

Frivolous lawsuits, insane jury decisions and repressive government tactics have essentially destroyed the industry.

However, even the plague of lawyers is but a single facet of a greater problem. The United States' evolution into a service economy means we are becoming a society that exists by doing one another's laundry. We produce nothing but "services," the majority of which are of debatable utility.

For the long-term health of our nation, maintaining a sound industrial, technical and research base is far more significant than adding more nonproductive service jobs. Without that solid foundation, the rest will eventually crumble.

J. R. FRENCH

La Canada

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