The News Tribune takes seriously its role of government watchdog. But I wish it would restrain its almost knee-jerk compulsion to cast suspicion on every action by an elected official.
The headline chosen for the piece on Pierce County leaders attending the U.S. Open read: “Officials take last, costly chance to see US Open” (TNT, 6-8). The first detail given was the estimated cost.
The unavoidable implication was that officials were enjoying a junket at local taxpayers’ expense; complaints from readers about government waste ensued.
But anyone who’s organized a large-scale event knows that it’s almost impossible to overprepare, …