Kurt Cobain's Hometown is Fed Up with Meth Heads and Thieves

The town of Aberdeen, Washington, used to be such a nice little town. But like its most famous native son, Kurt Cobain, the town has a drug problem - and now, a local businessman is fighting back:

Between painting over the writing and coping with a long spate of thefts, Rainier Lanes owner Rob Shaver was becoming impatient. Last week, "impatient" turned to "fed up," when he discovered that a pair of plastic rain spouts had been stolen from the exterior of the building.

He decided to pen some graffiti of his own, on the hand-lettered reader board that stands outside the bowling alley: "I'm sick of the meth heads and thieves in our town," it said.

The reaction was instant. "Thank you for the courage to put that up on your sign," said one city resident, according to the Aberdeen Daily World. "Finally, somebody is saying what they think about the problem," said another. "We saw your sign and support you."

Rainier Lanes front desk manager Steve Wood said Aberdeen isn't the small-town place it was (and that presumably includes the days when Cobain and Nirvana co-founder Krist Novoselic were skulking around town as teenagers).

"Aberdeen has a real bad meth problem," Wood told The Times. "About 10 years ago, this town used to be real nice, and drugs have just taken it to making it not a good town anymore."

How long do you think before they stole his sign? Link

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Having lived near Aberdeen in the late '70's through late '80's as a child and having visited the area fairly often as an adult, I can't imagine at what point in time it was ever a 'nice little town'. It was then much as it remains; a sad, dirty, poor place that has seen more destruction than construction in the past few decades. It's a place with a seemingly equal ratio of churches to bars and BAC limit signs rival speed limit signs. Weather wise, there are more days of overcast and rain than sun and it's economy was based on an industry that has been dying for years. I have a nolstalgia for the place and the neighboring towns of Hoquiam and Montesano, but the only thing that seems to come close to thriving that isn't a church or bar is the Wal*Mart just past the city entrance sign that reads 'Come As You Are'.
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Aberdeen has always had it's problems. According to some random webiste: "By the turn of the 20th century, Aberdeen had the distinction of being "the roughest town west of the Mississippi" because of excessive gambling, violence, extreme drug use and prostitution (the city remained off-limits to military personnel into the early 1980s)."

Maybe the meth heads were just naturally drawn to it.
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