Joys and tribulations

Ron Burtless fixes dinner while grandson Nicky cuddles with daughter Mary, the boy's aunt. Burtless had planned to retire from Bethlehem Steel next year, at age 50. Now, with the company's assets sold, he's told he has to wait until he's 62. "I'm thankful to have the job," says Burtless, who faces more than $90,000 in medical bills. "But 41 years in the mill seems like a high price to pay for retirement, especially if I have to go broke."
Béatrice de Géa / LAT
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