The News Tribune and many of its readers have had some fun with one of the County Council members who took some wrong turns and got lost heading to a meeting on the Key Peninsula (TNT, 4-26).
That’s understandable. Elected officials are fair game for public criticism, and I’m sure she is getting some ribbing from family and friends as well.
The News Tribune got lost itself in reporting about this meeting. Here are just a couple examples of what your readers could have learned.
Greg Anglemyer, president of the Key Peninsula Park District, discussed the park and recreation needs of the community. He was extremely effective as he contrasted the national attention the needs of urban youth receive with that of what he termed “the kids behind the trees.”
Readers may have been moved by the passion displayed by Fire Chief Chuck West, who described the lack of safe walking routes for the children of the Key Peninsula as they try to dodge traffic on their way to school. They may have felt a tinge of guilt like I did, when he reminded the council that the lives of the children on the Key Peninsula are just as important as anyone else’s.
The needs of the Key Peninsula are not unique. These same stories could be written about many communities. They do however, remind us that we are one county, and no single community is more important than any other. That’s the real story of last Tuesday’s meeting.
(Talbert is a Pierce County Council member.)