The daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1961-current, July 08, 2015, Image 4

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    OPINION
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Founded in 1873
STEPHEN A. FORRESTER, Editor & Publisher
LAURA SELLERS, Managing Editor
BETTY SMITH, Advertising Manager
CARL EARL, Systems Manager
JOHN D. BRUIJN, Production Manager
DEBRA BLOOM, Business Manager
HEATHER RAMSDELL, Circulation Manager
Water
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the bridge
Compiled by Bob Duke
From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers
Courtesy of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Ilwaco, Wash.
Members of the Gypsy motorcyclists gather at the Long Beach
Hotel in this 1934 photo.
10 years ago this week — 2005
Lucy Fleck, Miss Portland 2005, has been a runner-up many times in her
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competition, and in 2003, she was the third runner-up for Miss Oregon. So,
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ner-up. Her thought was, “No way! It’s actually me this time!”
“I’ve been runner-up many times,” she said Saturday at the Seaside Civic
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she was crowned Miss Oregon by Miss Oregon 2004 Brook Roberts.
It was a rip-roaring, horn-tooting, down-home, clapping,
cheering, good time.
The Warrenton Fourth of July parade involved loud mu-
sic, candy and many calls of encouragement as the spectators
crammed on the sidewalks and shoulders of the road spotted
their friends. Music came from all directions, ranging from what
may have been accordion music to vintage tunes from a vintage
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The Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots is being asked to approve rate
changes today that would reduce fees for Columbia River bar pilots.
The action is designed to save Columbia River shipping operators rough-
ly $1 million annually.
Bar pilots, who guide about 3,500 vessels over the Columbia River Bar
each year, would lose income from a proposal to reduce the number of li-
censed pilots and the pay pool they share.
“Some of the players in this seem to have lost sight of the potential for a
catastrophe on the bar,” said Robert Johnson, a bar pilot from Astoria.
50 years ago — 1965
Some of the biggest crowds in history of the Sunset Empire
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ty during the three-day Fourth of July weekend.
Thousands were turned away from motels, cabins and camps
that were full to capacity by Friday night and stayed that way
until Monday night.
Despite the enormous crowds, it was generally an orderly
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accident and minor collisions were scarce.
No rioting occurred nor was there even any approach to it. No
one drowned.
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early last week and were installed in their permanent spaces amid top speed
construction work. A dozen have arrived with more expected as fast as fa-
cilities are available.
According to President I.I Vanderburg, of Knappa Development com-
pany, owner and builder of the mobile court, completion is being rushed
because people moving into the area are so desperate for housing that they
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have a place to stay.
State and county police agencies and the Coast Guard were
credited with organizing an orderly evacuation of danger areas
during Friday’s two-hour tidal wave alert.
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p.m. and the entire department as well as several reserve deputies
were immediately put into action evacuating resort beach areas,
camp grounds and rural homes near beaches.
75 years ago — 1940
The biggest crowds of the summer thronged Clatsop beach resorts yes-
terday for the Fourth of July, and records for several years back were report-
ed broken at both Seaside and Cannon Beach.
Cannon Beach reported all cottages taken, with milk trucks making three
trips to supply the vacation hordes. Seaside conditions were similar, and
crowds there were further enhanced by a July Fourth celebration climaxing in
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taken in by city parking meters during the month from June 3
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Eighty-one thousand, three hundred and seventy-eight pen-
nies have been collected, according to City Treasurer Oswald
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nickels were taken in over the same period. The total amount was
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The works progress administration has approved a grant of $5,100 for
improvement of Tapiola Park at Smith’s point, according to a telegram from
Rufus Holman, U.S. senator from Oregon, received at the city managers
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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2015
Baseball draws us back to D.C.
O
UR ANNUAL SUM-
mer baseball trip took
us to Washington, D.C., and
Baltimore. We saw three
contenders for the National
League pennant. In Baltimore,
the Orioles played the Texas
Rangers. In D.C., we saw a
collision of the Nationals and
the San Francisco Giants.
Baltimore’s Camden Yards
was the first of the new ballparks
designed to resemble the best old
parks. It benefits from a huge old
brick building that is the back-
drop of its outfield.
Washington’s stadium makes
no attempt at recapturing early
20th century charm. But it is a
very nice stadium. Unfortunately
our team, the Giants, were blown
away by the Nationals in the July
4 afternoon game. The bad news
began in the first inning when
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner’s
first pitch was knocked out of the
park.
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UPON OUR ARRIVAL IN
Washington last Wednesday, we
walked up East Capitol Street to
see our old neighborhood. Twice
we were caught in a deluge and
sought refuge under dense tree
foliage. D.C. has enjoyed a spate
of cloudbursts in the past 30
days.
Standing outside our two-sto-
ry row house on 10th Street, a
couple approached and asked if
they could help us find what we
were looking for. When we told
them we used to live there, they
said they were the current res-
idents. The young couple had
their 2-year-old in tow.
They invited us in. The home
had been spiffed up considerably
by an intermediate owner with
enthusiasm for historic archi-
tectural details and considerable
means.
Our children were 18 months
and 4 years old when we left that
house in 1987. Seeing its rooms
— where they slept and played,
where I worked and where we
entertained friends — was a re-
minder of how full those days
were.
źźź
IN JUST FOUR YEARS
since our last visit, this town has
changed remarkably. D.C. has
always benefited from massive
infusions of investment capital,
because it is a very safe bet.
‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
‘To talk of many things;
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax —
Of cabbages —and kings —’
Through the Looking-glass
of Cabbages and Kings
AP Photo/Gail Burton
Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis follows through on a two-run home
run against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball
game Tuesday in Baltimore.
We revisited
the spot
where our
marriage
agreement
was sealed
Driving in from Dulles Airport,
one quickly sees the region’s
booming economy. It is a high-
way lined with government con-
tractors.
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THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT
Gallery is one of our favorite
sites. In honor of B.B. King’s
recent death, an evocative photo
of the King of the Blues is in the
gallery’s first hallway.
Another addition is a giant
portrait of the four women who
have served on the U.S. Supreme
Court. Sandra Day O’Connor is
the portrait’s focal point. Jus-
tice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sits
next to her. Standing are Elena
Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
The painting is a powerful state-
ment.
źźź
SOME OF WASHINGTON’S
most compelling attractions are
hidden away. We visited one of
our favorite sites — the Jefferson
Library of Congress building. In
its Music Division is a gem. In the
center of a small room is George
Gershwin’s grand piano and the
desk he designed for music com-
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drafts, the score of Porgy and
Bess, handwritten correspondence,
photos and a small metronome that
traveled with Gershwin.
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OUR VISIT REMINDED ME
of how much of my life and our
married life happened in this city.
At the Library, I showed my wife
the spot in the Main Reading
Room where I did my high school
homework as a Senate page. The
majesty of that room motivated a
16-year-old to learn.
We also revisited the escalator
of the Capitol South Metro sta-
tion, where our marriage agree-
ment was sealed.
— S.A.F.
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ly. Sure enough, she found
in a book she published
last year titled The Good
some.
Jobs Strategy — her thesis
The two companies she
talks about most frequently
t the Aspen Ideas Festival comes out of research she
in this regard are a Span-
— an annual summer gab- did early in her academ-
ic career on supply chain
ish grocery chain called
fest in Colorado that presents all management in the retail
Mercadona and QuikTrip,
sorts of interesting ideas, from industry, focused especial-
a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based
ly
on
inventory
manage-
chain of convenience store/
the improbable to the important
ment.
What
she
and
her
fel-
gas stations that competes
— one of the big themes this low researchers discovered
with the likes of the 7-Elev-
Joe
year was jobs.
is that while most compa-
en chain.
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How will America close the nies were very good at get-
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skills gap? Where will the good ting products from, say, China to their about Mercadona is that the annual
middle-class jobs of the future come stores, it was a different story once turnover was an almost unheard-of
the merchandise arrived. Sometimes 4 percent. Why do employees stay?
from?
a product stayed in the back room “They get decent salaries, four weeks
I heard pleas for infrastructure instead of making it to a shelf where of training that costs the company
spending as a job strategy, and cre- a customer could buy it. Or it was $5,000, stable schedules ... and the
ating jobs by unleashing our energy in the wrong place. Special in-store opportunity to thrive in front of their
resources. There were speakers who promotions weren’t being executed customers every day,” Ton said in a
believed that innovation would bring a surprisingly high percentage of the speech she forwarded to me. The gro-
good jobs, and speakers who feared time. She saw this pattern in company cery business is low margin, where
that some of those innovations — in after company.
every penny counts. If Mercadona
As she took a closer look, Ton says, couldn’t keep prices low with this
robotics, for instance — would de-
she realized that the strategy, it would have abandoned it
stroy good jobs.
problem was that long ago.
And then there
these companies
was Zeynep Ton.
QuikTrip, an $11 billion company
‘The
viewed their em- with 722 stores, is a prime example of
A 40-year-old
assumed
ployees “as a cost what Ton means by “human-centered
adjunct associate
that they tried to operations strategies.” Paying em-
professor at the
trade-off
minimize.” Workers ployees middle-class wages allows the
Sloan School of
were not just poorly company to get the most out of them.
Management
at between low
paid, but poorly Employees are cross-trained so they
MIT, Ton brought
trained. They often can do different jobs. They can solve
one of the most rad-
prices and
didn’t know their problems by themselves. They make
ical, and yet one of
good jobs is schedule until the merchandising decisions for their own
the most sensible,
last moment. Mo- stores. The ultimate result of the high-
ideas to Aspen this
a fallacy.’
rale was low and er wages QuikTrip pays is that costs
year. Her big idea is
turnover was high. everywhere else in the operation go
that companies that
provide employees a decent living, Customer service was largely nonex- down. At QuikTrip, Ton says, products
which includes not just pay but also istent.
don’t remain in the back room, and in-
Yet when she asked executives at store promotions always take place, as
a sense of purpose and empowerment
DWZRUNFDQEHHYHU\ELWDVSUR¿WDEOH these companies why they put up with they’re supposed to.
as companies that strive to keep their this pattern, she was told that the only
Ton’s interest in the good jobs
labor costs low by paying the mini- way they could guarantee low prices strategy is more than academic now;
PXP ZDJH ZLWK QR EHQH¿WV 0D\EH was to operate with employees who she has become a proselytizer, trying
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requires companies to adopt what Ton labor was such a big part of their over- pany would be better served by this
calls “human-centered operations head. The problems that resulted were approach. “The assumed trade-off
strategies,” which she acknowledges an unavoidable byproduct of a low- between low prices and good jobs
is “neither quick nor easy.” But it’s price business model.
is a fallacy,” she says. As we wor-
Unconvinced that this was the only ry about where middle-class jobs
worth it, she says, both for the com-
panies and for the country. Surely, approach, Ton decided to search for are going to come from, Ton’s is
retail companies — the same kind of a message that needs to be heard
she’s right.
As Ton explained to me last week companies that needed low prices to not just in Aspen but all across
in Aspen — and as she has written succeed — that did things different- America.
By JOE NOCERA
New York Times News Service
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