The News Tribune has a reputation for questionable choices for front-page topics, but the June 1 article tops them all. What exactly is “above the fold” newsworthy about a bunch of privileged Gig Harbor youth playing games? Who cares? Two murders on South Hill gets a blurb on page 4 and six deaths in Seattle warrant a page 6 article by Seattle Times reporters.
There are other 18-year-olds elsewhere in the world playing the same games, only their weapons are real, not Nerf, and the word “kill” isn’t bantered around quite so freely. When they move in crouched positions, they have more to worry about than being late for school. Why not give them some ink?
If these kids have so much free time, why not change the game? Volunteer at shelters, hospitals or nursing facilities. Then whoever reaches 50 hours of community service first wins the $2,000 and donates it to the Red Cross.
As for The News Tribune and its writers, save this stuff for your Christmas letters. Why must The News Tribune read like a small-town weekly? If there isn’t enough news given to you then do a little investigative reporting. Make a difference.