The News Tribune is to be congratulated both for the excellent investigative journalism seen in the recent articles concerning Superior Court Judge Hecht as well as the courageous, well-thought out editorial position taken by the paper. This was handled in the best traditions of metropolitan newspapers.
However, I think you got it wrong with Thursday’s editorial regarding the funeral for murdered Seattle police officer Tim Brenton. His cold-blooded murder was an unusual and extraordinary event that deeply affected many police officers, no matter their areas of jurisdiction. Law enforcement, though it certainly has considerable risks, is not the same as being at war, and soldiers at war are subjected to different hazards from that of civilian police officers.
The loss of either is tragic, but there is room for different types of memorials for those whose lives have been lost. While the Seattle memorial procession was unusually large, the murder was chillingly atypical and disturbing.