As a Pacific Lutheran University alum and employee, I was both proud and ashamed of the story in The Nose (TNT, 12-2) about Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland’s controversial comments while on PLU’s campus.
I was proud of the PLU student who did not let such an inflammatory remark be brushed under the carpet. But I was ashamed that The News Tribune took this story as another opportunity to hate on Parkland.
The first line of The Nose read, “We always knew a trip to Parkland could be dangerous, but not like this.” With that lead-in and a million guesses at hand, I would never have guessed that the story was going to be about a mayor calling Republicans racists.
Why give such a low blow to a community that does not need that stereotype reinforced? Parkland did no wrong in this story. But The Nose just had to remind us of Parkland’s reputation so that we would not even begin to think that good things could take place here.
I wonder what Tacoma would be like if zero Parkland college graduates decided to call Tacoma home. Now that’s a dangerous thought.