Here are the results of poll questions on wenatcheeworld.com in the past week and some of the responses:
How much effort should Wenatchee put into attracting tourists?
A lot 42 percent
A little 9 percent
Same as we do now 24 percent
Not much 12 percent
None 13 percent
- Tourism will not attract the quality jobs that would see the residents of this town any closer to the quality of life we deserve. Part time, minimum wage, and seasonal? How does that help the rank-and-file?
- How does Wenatchee compete? Not very well, I’d say. Wenatchee is a great place to stock up on cheaper gas and groceries before heading out to somewhere else.
- They built an arena, and where has that gotten us?
- Wenatchee would make a great (and less expensive) alternative to Leavenworth and Chelan if you use it as a hub to visit these areas. Now, having said that, I think possibly convention and recreational sports tournaments would be the way to go. Draw people to events like those and then while they’re here, do tourism marketing to what is a captive audience.
- Wenatchee offers a wealth of tourism and recreational opportunities. We have a lot of doctors and other professionals that have moved here because of what we offer. Why not promote this, so that more people come here, and not just gas up on their way to Chelan or Leavenworth?
- I would suggest walking and biking on the Loop Trail, the Pybus Market, especially on Wednesday or Saturday when there’s a Farmers Market, the Wenatchee Museum. In winter, you can ski Mission Ridge and get there by bus or the hotels may have shuttles. You can drive five minutes from downtown to hike Sage Hills and Saddlerock, too. Have fun!
- Sorry but Wenatchee really doesn’t have the stuff that brings in tourists. Nor does it have the real jobs. The tourism and jobs all go to other areas in NCW and no amount of money can or will change that.
- We need to examine whether or not it’s the culture of this place that is potentially inhibiting. If, for example, leadership here is viewed as stodgy, then it will invariably be reflected in the ordinances they pass. That is the attitude potential businesses will take into account as one factor (of admittedly many) as they search for future sites upon which to build.
Do you like coffee?
Yes, I buy it regularly at a specialty espresso stand/store 10 percent
Yes, I drink it the old-fashioned way (from work or home) 40 percent
Yes, a little of both the above choices 30 percent
No, I don’t like coffee 20 percent
- Probably drink way too much. I do a lot of driving in my job, and choose the C-stores I stop at by the quality of the coffee they serve. No espresso in that I object to the idea of paying $4 for a cup of coffee, but a good cuppa joe is always welcome.
- I love my coffee, but it’ll be a rather chilly day in Hades that you’ll find me shelling out three to five dollars for a coffee flavored “milkshake” concoction from some yuppie, Seattle-based “coffee” house or any of the kiosks scattered about the country selling product that hardly resembles the nectar of the bean.
- Coffee … bleah!
- I roast my own, as everyone should. It reduces the price to $6 a pound for excellent coffee. It bypasses the middleman Starbucks. You can sometimes buy directly from the farmer.
Is all-day kindergarten a good thing?
Yes 60 percent
No 33 percent
Not sure 7 percent
- So now the poor kindergarten teachers will become all day baby sitters just like the upper grades.
The current poll question:
Which NCW community has the best downtown?
Go to wenatcheeworld.com to vote.