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PARKLAND: Nose’s snotty remark was a low blow

Letter by Phil Betz, Tacoma on Dec. 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm with 14 Comments »
December 2, 2011 5:10 pm

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.

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  1. I think the bigger story here is the fact that the mayor of Tacoma makes an ignorant and bigoted comment, and the TNT laughs it off with a “The Nose” column. Of course, she’s a democrat and a liberal, so of course she gets a pass.

    But yes, only an ignoramus would lead off the story as what was done. On the other hand, “The Nose” has always enjoyed anonymity, it’s where the TNT can editorialize on page 3 under the guise of humor without blame to anyone.

  2. LarryFine says:

    Good point Phil… birds of a feather do what ?

  3. LarryFine says:

    I wonder what would happen if they had used this lead in >
    “We always knew a trip to the Hilltop could be dangerous, but not like this.” > to the story about the “Upper Tacoma business district” they ran the other day…

  4. lovethemountains says:

    Tacoma bad mouthing and saying Parkland is dangerous? Talk about the “kettle calling the pot…….” What a laugh.

  5. BlaineCGarver says:

    “Blank” Tacoma…..

  6. RW98512 says:

    ::::;chuckling at the class envy::::::

  7. writnstuff says:

    ::::::saddened by the superiority complex:::::

  8. RW: “::::;chuckling at the class envy::::::”

    I do to, every time I hear some prog talking about the 99%.

    Also, envy Tacoma? I apologize to my car every time I have to drive on Tacoma streets. I lock the doors and put a gun under my left leg if I go near downtown or the east side. I live closer to the Tacoma Mall than the South Hill Mall, but haven’t been to the Tacoma Mall in many, many years. Tacoma spends tons of money trying to “revive” the city, this has been going on for decades. At what point will the people understand that no matter how much money they waste, Tacoma is a low rent suburb of Seattle? People don’t take vacations, come to the northwest, and think, “well, what is there to see in Tacoma?” As Springsteen once said, Tacoma is a grimy little mill town. Parkland isn’t exactly The Hamptons, but it’s one of the places that people move to when they work around here and can afford to leave town.

  9. BigSwingingRichard says:

    The low blow was from Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland when she called all Republicans racists.

    Some minorities and liberals are quick to self classify themselves as victims but they always need to identify a cause for their self defined victim status, thus the need to call all Republicans racist. To say this to a group of college students must have been educational: politicians will tell you want they think you want to hear. PLU students are, I suspect, smart enough to see who the prejudiced ones really are.

    Racists are people who make racist statements, statements like Strickland’s.

    Strickland is merely following the Obama playbook; everyone else is at fault for the problems in America, not the people who have been elected.

  10. Why hasn’t the Tribune tried to reach Strickland and asked her to further explain her views on this?

  11. WTraveler says:

    Yeah, it’s Obama’s fault–just like everything else that has happened for the last 11 years…

  12. “I lock the doors and put a gun under my left leg if I go near downtown or the east side.”

    Seriously? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I hope you don’t accidentally shoot off your man parts.

  13. oldman4 says:

    I find it interesting that a common ordinary criminal like Strickland
    (ethics violation) would call other people names. I think she would do well to shut her mouth and fill the pot holes in Tacomas streets but the only thing she has accomplished concernning pot is to make sure it is readily available to purchase. Good job mayor Bozo I’m sure Tacoma is proud of you. I for one will stay in Parkland for some reason I feel safe here.

  14. Parkland is safer than Tacoma but not really all that great:

    Tacoma (crimes/1000)
    violent = 10.17; Property= 76.51; Total=86.68
    Tacoma is safer than 2% of the cities in America


    Parkland annual crimes per 1,000 residents
    violent 2.91; property= 44.40; Total= 47.31
    Parkland is safer than 12% of cities.

    Just for comparison:
    Oakland, CA
    19.61 53.30 72.90
    Oakland is safer than 4%

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