Did you feel it? That’s the address of the Tacoma News Tribune (TNT) whose editorial board opinion aftershocks are registering throughout Pierce County.
The reason? A seismic shift in principles.
Here’s what the TNT opined on October 17, 2008: “Voters should get Lakewood out of the business of taking money from vulnerable people.”
The issue? Gambling. An attempt to ban a predatory industry of which the TNT – then – acknowledged would, per then-Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz, eliminate “11 police positions, among the many cuts that would have to be made in the operating budget.”
“But if the ban fails,” the TNT – then – continued, “the city would continue to impose a stealth tax on the poor and gullible. It would continue to ignore the social costs of problem gambling: personal bankruptcy, broken families and crime. And it would continue to base too much of its budget on a risky bet: that the casinos will continue operating in an increasingly competitive market.”
But that was then and this is now.
Now – now – the TNT, aka drug-dealer as it is in affect recommending cities drop their basically silly scruples and their marijuana bans along with them – including Lakewood – and hold out their collective city hands for a share of the literal pot, now the TNT pompously, pontifically, perhaps even with no little buffoonery says:
“Principles are well and good but they don’t keep the lights on, and they don’t pay for recreation departments or police officers.”
What a turn(coat) of events – not to mention likely the saddest commentary on our clueless-media-influenced (recent election) culture, when principles – principles – take a backseat – as in the rear of the bus – to profits.