Two Takes On Silicon Valley's Gold Rush

Almost a century and a half ago, the same behaviors you note were displayed outside San Francisco ("The dark side of Silicon Valley," News: Analysis & Commentary, July 17). It was called the Gold Rush. With the advent of litigants and the disappearance of firearms, more pleasant conditions now exist. You no longer have people in black hats shooting good guys. You still have claim-jumpers and rapacious hangers-on (the local BMW salesmen), but the hectic pace and easy money appeals to tired Easterners and distraught Midwesterners who are examining their own dreary futures.

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