Readers respond: Coastal workers need housing

Anyone interested in finding out how bad the housing situation is in Newport need only strike up a conversation with a group of bleary eyed, rubber boot wearing fish processor workers on the bay front (“Vacation rental debate takes root on Oregon coast,” Sept. 29). During a short stint this summer as a temporary employee at the Pacific Seafood plant, I heard story after story from men and women working grueling jobs, 60 to 70 hours a week with no days off, fortunate if they pay $1,100 a month to live in a rundown motel room.

Some of the workers

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