December 24, 1990 |
The Air Force base is closing here, and jobs are growing scarce. Property prices have fallen; banks are uneasy. A tank of gas for the car now costs what a good blouse or sweater used to. It's getting very cold, and heating the house, to the horror of people in this seaside community, has become a luxury. Could this be the time for "A Carol of Christmas"? "Humbug!" shouted Abner Stone, the updated answer to Dickens' Scrooge. "Utter nonsense!"