Regarding the statement “The average household income in the county is $69,000 a year, meaning the average affordable home price is $240,000” (“Study: Variety the biggest housing need in Clatsop County,” The Daily Astorian, Oct. 31):
If Bill Gates happened to be driving down U.S. Highway 101 that day, average county income might be $6 million dollars or so, for a while. Why not use the mean income for stories like this one (half above/half below the mean value). I bet it’s nowhere near $69,000 in Clatsop County.
Additional gripe: “Reticent” doesn’t mean “reluctant”(“Gearhart woman chosen to help decorate the White House for Christmas,” The Daily Astorian, Oct. 31).