Business & Finance: The Gypping of the West?


Big, red-faced Dan O. Druge, 42, stood up before an employers' manpower conference in San Francisco. Dan, who owns and operates the Druge Brothers Manufacturing Co. (automatic tire gauges) with his brother, likes to speak his mind. And on his mind last week was a subject that has become more & more pressing to many a Western businessman: the place of the West in the U.S. economy.

Druge, like many another Westerner, believes that there exists a vast conspiracy in the East to keep the West Coast an undernourished industrial stepchild. The onset of World War II...

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