At the edge

Indiana resident Ron Burtless strolls the Lake Michigan shore with his grandson, Nicky, 4. Twenty-five years ago, blue-collar families like Burtless's could rely on their employers and government to shield them from economic turmoil. Many of those protections have since unraveled.

( Béatrice de Géa / LAT )

Indiana resident Ron Burtless strolls the Lake Michigan shore with his grandson, Nicky, 4. Twenty-five years ago, blue-collar families like Burtless's could rely on their employers and government to shield them from economic turmoil. Many of those protections have since unraveled.

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