Re: The Nose (TNT, 4-11).
“Smoking, obese, inbred” – really? West Virginia – really? Having just returned from a wonderful day at the Puyallup Spring Fair, I can readily attest that those oft-abused, denigrated and otherwise bullied people who live in an area challenged by more than most here could stand are not alone in “fitting into” any of those categorizations by a mostly professional, but shallow-minded “journalist” hiding behind the sobriquet “The Nose.”
Really? “Deep Fried Butter?” “Earthquake Burger?” “Elephant Ears?” Really?
Those denigrating characterizations would set off an immediate investigation if made by an employee of any county business except, evidently, The News Tribune. Such characterizations are prime examples of egregious, disparaging and deprecating descriptions worthy of any discriminatory language.
Have we as a people become so jaded to others’ misfortune, circumstance and challenge that such despicable drivel about a people unable to defend their demeaning that it is OK to publish that demeaning in a public place – by a “professional journalist”? If a “local” newspaper’s purposes are to enlighten, inform and educate, well we all just got a healthy dose of how to bully someone with permission.
Where I come from – West Virginia – and now call Pierce County home – combat veteran, two advanced degrees and award-winning author – folks that “talk” like “The Nose” are known by a very simple name – “arse” – and the column should be so named in a more accurate recognition of where the drivel emanates.