Astoria used to be a rich town indeed ("The 'Missoula Octopus' made a mint here," The Daily Astorian, April 16). Men like Andrew B. Hammond were very instrumental to the economic development of the area.

Something happened to Astoria after the men like Hammond passed on however, and now Astoria has fallen into disrepair, has lost its industrial base, has high unemployment and chases away every industry wishing to locate here. Perhaps this area could use another couple of Hammonds and a lot fewer transplanted NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard).

At least Warrenton has the common sense to encourage a little economic growth though, so somebody is doing something, but it's not in Astoria.


Vancouver, Wash.


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