My daughter and I drove to Astoria for a funeral on Aug. 25, and we stayed at a well-known motel on the river. We visited several establishments — restaurants, a liquor store, grocery store, a brewery and a gas station, etc.

Our overall impression of the people there was rather negative, we experienced a lot of rudeness, anger and just an all-around unfriendly attitude from Astorians.

Is it the COVID-19, the Portland riots and all the negative coverage of Oregon?

I don't know, but I'm never going back, and I'll make sure all my friends and family avoid this once-great historic town. Very sad.


Des Moines, Washington

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Miller Sands

Did your vehicle have out of state plates? People are mad so many folks from Washington are down here;

Robert Potter

Jesse, perhaps your state of mind contributed to your experience in Astoria. Everyone who has lost a loved one isn't upbeat and cheerful when dealing with strangers. Astorians, in my opinion, are happily comfortable in our environs and willing to provide the services that visitors expect, regardless of their dire circumstances. I hope that you and your family will return someday to give Astoria a second chance to be what you expect from a community far from home.

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