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Short term profits can produce dire consequences

Dear Editor,

I would like to respond to the author of “Rebuttal to 15Neighborhoods.”  The author’s desire to protect their investment is typical and understandable. The post reflects our culture’s focus on short term profits without regard to future consequences.

What would be the financial impact to Short Term Rentals and County services if housing costs lock out service workers, causing them to leave the area?  Before the pandemic, Portland was faced with this eventuality. A number of restaurants and shops had to reduce days and hours open due to a lack of workers. The cost of housing exceeded their earnings so they left the area for a place with a better quality of life and you can’t blame them for doing so.

Lincoln County should learn from that situation. We need to stop focusing on the next quarterly results and adopt a more long-term, sustainable view if we want to maintain a decent lifeway that supports both businesses and workers, continuing to attract the visitors that drive our economy.

Regards,

Ron Potter
Waldport, OR 97394

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