The News Tribune’s staff writer Lewis Kamb tries to make a big deal out of the $357,500 the City of Tacoma (WA) recently spent on furniture, fixtures, and equipment for luxury suites, clubhouses, and team offices at the new Cheney Stadium, home of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers, that the paying masses in the cheap seats will never see.
First, except for an item or two, we didn’t find the pricetag for furniture, fixtures, and equipment to be out of line with the real world. Second, if Kamb wants to attack the city for actually agreeing to pay for these items in the first place as part of legally binding contract, then he should stick to that attack without dramatizing the issue with class warfare. Finally, by placing the key arguments for the “defense” in the last three paragraphs before the final sentence in his article, we suspect the strategy here was to stir up the public on the front end with the expectation that fans might throw up their hands in disgust before reading the entire prose. Why? Controversy sells newspapers (or generates website traffic for online ad sales). Read more here.