I was really struck by the pain and disappointment in the comment below, which was posted yesterday on the previous subject:
I really hate this place. Always have. We moved here because my wife's mother lived here. We sold our place and moved here. She is dead now. We are stuck with a property that has seen deteriorating value since 2005. No jobs for what I know how to do. (Machining, International Trade and another). We have seen companies get lured here only to find out there is not much help in infrastructure and then they back out. Tourism...blah, blahh, blahh. Big mistake for us. I love the beauty but you can't pay the bills looking at a lake. Meth heads, shops that are never open on weekends or after 5. Diversity? Oh, we have a record number of crappy restaurants and only 2 or 3 decent ones. An over the top bureaucracy of paper shufflers. A closed off mentality of the locals and a red neck population that still think that logging is still a viable employment opportunity. Increasing utility rates, etc...Big mistake. Don't ever move here.
I've literally been there and felt that. Finally, it became clear that my health, happiness and quality of life were worth whatever it took to get out of Port Angeles - not to mention it seemed like it would be easier to find work pretty much anywhere else. So I sold the house at a huge loss, and got out.
And now, though I'm in the process of repairing the financial damage done to me by living in Port Angeles, my life is infinitely better in every way - socially, culturally, environmentally, physically. I have a good job, of a type that could never exist in Port Angeles (you know, technology), and have found a community that is actually functional, and that provides pretty much everything that Port Angeles and Clallam County lacked, and will lack for the foreseeable future.
So, escape is possible, even when you're taking it in the shorts to get out. That being the case, the question I have for people like the poster above is...Why stay? Why don't you do whatever it takes to get out? Life is too short to live in Port Angeles. And even if you're going to struggle, financially or otherwise, well, there are much nicer places to struggle.
Obviously, even in the best of times, life can be hard, can have challenges - but why pile living in Port Angeles on top of that?