Remember when the U.S. had an industrial base second to none? Remember when seemingly every city-large and small-had a variety of factories offering good jobs and putting revenue into the city's coffers? My own experience is Beaver Falls, Pa., where when I was growing up many years ago, there were so many factories that if a person didn't like what he/she was doing, he could "walk across the street" and try something else. There's not much there now. None of the plants that were there when I was a kid exist now, and many bemoan the fact that it's tough to find a job.
Why do I bring this up? Because it seems that there are too many instances where some don't appreciate how important industries are to the communities in which they exist and want to make it hard to survive. Two such examples are LTV Steel in Cleveland, Ohio and Praxair Distribution Inc. in St. Louis, Mo.