The headline: Sequim, Port Townsend in Top 10 of online contest for best Northwestern small town
The response from the Port Angeles (Regional!) Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, etc: "But, but, but..."
The headline: Health study ranks counties: Jefferson No. 4 for health outcomes, Clallam No. 21
The response from Port Angeles and Clallam County? "But, but, but..." And then someone shoots up and drops their needle in a park.
In other words, once again, the World of Facts seems intent on showing that, by almost any measure, Jefferson County is a nicer, prettier, more prosperous place to live. (Or to visit.) Now, given that whole World of Facts sitting out there, just an hour away, how many times have you heard of efforts by local (Clallam County) officials to reach out to their counterparts in Jefferson County to learn what they're doing right? How often do you hear of any initiatives to emulate, replicate or copy the community-building formula for success that is located just an hour away?
Hell, let's make it simpler. How often do you think any of the "power brokers" in City Hall and/or the County Courthouse even go over to Port Townsend to shop, eat, or see a movie? I'd guess it's not often, if ever. I'd guess that having to do so would be the emotional equivalent of Cherie Kidd's classic comments about coming back from Victoria on the ferry and...Seeing Port Angeles waiting for you.
And so, Port Angeles continues to turn away from beauty, turn away from success, and turn away from health. Acknowledge any problems or deficits? Nope. They're like the cliché cop, shooing off people looking at an accident with "Nothing to see here, nothing to see, move along..."
Which creates the hard reality of Port Angeles: Nothing to see here, nothing to see. And the world moves along...