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Army shouldn’t close ranks around Madigan inquiry

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

It’s hard to beat the U.S. Army when it comes to giving the bureaucratic run-around.

The Army has been blocking News Tribune staffers who have tried to ferret out information about problems at Madigan Army Medical Center, where soldiers apparently had been misdiagnosed during medical disability reviews for combat-related conditions. Even Freedom of Information Act requests have gotten little traction, with the requests lagging for months before being rejected for one reason or another, or being answered incompletely.

Most recently, military reporter Adam Ashton sought information about findings made by the Army Behavioral Task Force, which conducted an Army-wide investigation after the reports of problems at Madigan. At a press conference last week, Army Secretary John McHugh announced that the task force generated 24 findings and 47 recommendations, but he couldn’t share any of them. That might happen at some future, unspecified date.

That’s not good enough. Read more »


Would Jewish readers find this cartoon offensive?

aria_c130203One of my jobs in the opinionator office is to post editorial cartoons online (click here for the site).  I post pretty much any color cartoon that comes in unless I think it’s too regional for local viewers to understand or, occasionally, because it’s offensive. Generally I give them the benefit of the doubt and post them, figuring online viewers see a lot of borderline material.

Today this one by Robert Arial came in; it’s a tribute to former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who died Friday. It’s the editorial cartoonist cliché of the deceased person at heaven’s pearly gates, with Koch speaking his famous “How’m I doin’?” line.

We talked among ourselves here whether to post it, wondering whether some Jewish readers might find it offensive. Koch, a devout Jew, is wearing a halo – which we thought was a Christian thing. But a quick online search turned up a Q&A with a rabbi who says that the halo does indeed appear in Judaism. But we wondered if Jews would be bothered by the pearly gates, which in the cartoon genre are usually manned by St. Peter. This one doesn’t show any welcoming committee for Koch, but it still seemed like it portrays a Christian view of the afterlife.

Checking with the Judaism 101 website, I found this: Read more »


Want to be a reader columnist? Here’s how

Since 2000, we’ve reserved a spot on our Monday opinion pages for contributions from a selected panel of four to six local reader columnists. Now it’s time to invite readers to apply for our 2013 roster of guest writers.

We are looking for contributors who represent the diversity of South Sound residents – urban, suburban and rural, young, old and in between.

To apply, submit two fresh sample columns (not previously written material), each 500 to 700 words. Include a cover letter that includes your phone number and tells us a bit about yourself. Read more »