During the last 30-plus years, the trend amongst West Coast ports has been to consolidate into regionalized hubs (Seattle/Tacoma,Wash., San Francisco/Oakland, Calif., Vancouver, Wash./Portland).

This has been devastating to the small ports. But recently, not unlike the airline industry, this concept has become overloaded, overworked and is causing too many delays. This is a huge opportunity which small ports, particularly in Washington, are seizing. Shippers are looking for new diverse options. ("State leaders hear of North Coast revival," The Daily Astorian," Sept. 19)

Our port commission doesn't need to commit prime industrial land for use as a park, office space, or storage for derelict boats. The port should be a vibrant industrial park filled with commerce, cruise ships and cargo, not a touchy-feely tourist attraction.

I've heard every excuse why cargo isn't feasible, and to this I say, "Garner it and they will come."

Times have changed, and if the resurgent opportunity is realized, the resultant impact to the community economy will be immense. However, it will take a commitment and direction I've yet to see.

My personal performance rating is far lower than the commission's recently published evaluation.

CHRIS CONNAWAY

Astoria

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