We in the newspaper business aren’t huge fans of hyperbole. All too often, people blow things way, way out of proportion.
And if you need any more evidence of it, here’s an e-mail that landed in my inbox today. The reader (I won’t name her) was unhappy that Saturday’s caucuses at Truman Middle School in Taocma’s North End weren’t this perfect exercise in democracy. And then she writes this:
Patience was at a premium, as we could not hear people speak with all the noise. I felt like a Katrina victim at the New Orleans Dome.
Woah. Five days in the sweltering Superdome are the same as a couple of hours in a school cafeteria? Either the folks waiting for FEMA aid were living in relative luxury, or Washington’s public schools are worse than most believe.