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PIERCE COUNTY: TNT missed the real story

Letter by Rick Talbert, Tacoma on April 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm with 8 Comments »
April 27, 2012 12:53 pm

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.)

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. PumainTacoma says:

    Rick, what is the point of this letter? Did you write it late at night? Sounds like you got your panties in a bunch about a chairwoman who cant’ find her way to a meeting she got paid to attend. Simply meaningless.

  2. alindasue says:

    Thank you, Mr. Talbert, for the report on the meeting. Too often the news media gets caught up in the sensational and the ridiculous and forgets the importance of our communities and reporting on the legitimate actions of those elected to represent us.

    By the way, next time, might I suggest carpooling to a meeting. It not only would save resources, but might perhaps save a directionally impaired council member or two from becoming the next distracting headline.

  3. olympicmtn says:

    Yet no mention of the councilmember being distracted while driving. Real embarassing.

  4. How come 6 of the 7 council members were able to complete the complex task of finding the meeting, but not Joyce ?

    She was probably in Puyallup, prepping her 3 stooges on the Puyallup Council into passing the “special” extended parking allowances for the customers of her personal downtown Puyallup businesses (which they did).

  5. RLangdon says:

    Geez! The problem here is obvious if you bother to read the article.

    Chairwoman Joyce McDonald was LOST, so “She also called council member and fellow Republican Roger Bush several times for instructions. No sweat, he told her. Just head back to Route 302 and turn right.”

    QUESTION: When has a Republican named Bush EVER been able to give good directions? No wonder she got lost. TWICE!!!

  6. RLangdon, that is very unfair to Roger. But funny.

    By the way, please do not suggest carpooling across the bridge – we need more cars paying. And to those who think it isn’t important what goes on over here, can we raise your bridge toll more than everyone else if you have to come over here? Just call it a snarky comment tax.

  7. alindasue says:


    Carpooling, whether it be across the bridge in Key Peninsula or out towards Eatonville, is always a good idea – especially at the current price of gas.

  8. took14theteam says:

    You know, I don’t think I have come across the term “snarky” anywhere but on this blog. And it is only used by certain people here. Gonna turn my tin foil hat a little bit now…..

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