Thanks to columnist Bill Virgin for his excellent piece on public companies abandoning Tacoma (column, 7-31).
More than public companies, it is the loss of headquarters that hurts. When a headquarters firm is acquired by out of town interests, our economy suffers. Acquisition of Russell Investments by Northwestern Mutual is the most recent example, but there are many others.
To bring it really into focus, does anyone really think Tacoma is better off with The News Tribune being owned by McClatchy Newspapers of Sacramento? McClatchy is a fine company, but the loss of the old Tribune Publishing Co. headquarters …