Friday, July 5, 2002
Mahoning Valley must catch up to 21st century
Regarding a recent letter, it seems the writer is still living in the 1970s. It's a global economy, and the "us-versus-them" thinking no longer applies.
This type of thinking is exactly why the Mahoning Valley is in the condition it is in. The world is constantly changing, and if you want to make money, you have to be willing to change and re-educate yourself.
Big-time manufacturing is out. Get over it and adjust to the changing world. Other countries' economies are just as important as the United States'. If Japan's economy takes a dive, what would you think would happen to the American stocks and your 401K?
Mahoning Valley, let go of the past and adjust to the changing world.
Why move to San Diego when you have the Valley?
All the local self-flagellation that ensued in wake of the Forbes magazine listing that ranked Youngstown 199th in the nation for business and careers (behind only Gary, Indiana) and San Diego No. 1 has left me more than a little amused.
I lived in San Diego some years ago and have visited there a couple of times since, and believe me, San Diego is far from being that superior to the Mahoning Valley. The Valley's dire political situation is certainly curable -- much more so than San Diego's inherent problems.
The Southern California city's positives are obvious: the climate, a beautiful seaside location and lots of glitz and glamour. It's a great place to visit, but would an American of relatively modest means really want to relocate there? I doubt it.
Consider the following disadvantages to living in San Diego:
1. The cost of housing is sky-high. A modest home in a nice neighborhood will run half a million.
2. Schools in Southern California are notoriously over-crowded, and San Diego's are certainly no exception.
3. The traffic is horrendous. (My elderly widowed sister, who lives near downtown San Diego, won't even drive on the freeways.) Also, fog rolling in off the ocean can cause scary driving.
4. The city' climate is essentially that of a desert, since the annual rainfall is only 10 inches a year. I would call the weather monotonous.
5. Overcrowding. Last 4th of July, some 500,000 people went to the beach in San Diego.
6. San Diego is on the doorstep of Mexico's impoverished millions, with consequent crime problems. ("These are mean streets," my sister says.)
I might add that Balboa Park is quite inferior to Mill Creek Park -- unless you're fond of zoos, which I am not.
Also, Mill Creek Park's golf course is prettier (and much cheaper) than San Diego's municipal golf course, Torrey Pines.
In short, am I looking forward to my next visit to San Diego? You bet. Am I going to move there? Not a chance.
ROBERT R. STANGER
He will spend the money
Quick and to the point. Regarding the man in California against "One Nation under God." Please, if he doesn't want his daughter subjected to the word God, by all means try home schooling. The man passed his bar. Not only is he a lawyer but also an E.R. doctor. He must have access to fat money. Does he have trouble spending, investing, etc. with the words "In God we trust"? I doubt it.