Not in the Nose commentary (TNT, 3-11), nor in the front-page news story on the same day headlined “Fashion statement has political subtext,” was there any mention of what Tacoma City Councilman Robert Thoms wore during the March 8 City Council meeting.
Nor, for that matter, if Thoms even attended; or went awol, like Mayor Marilyn Strickland.
So what kind of outfit was Thoms wearing during this important meeting he may not have even attended? And if not, why not?
Well unless he was in mufti, Thoms was most likely proudly wearing the uniform of a United States military service member (Navy Reserve).
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Yeah, but where did he wear that uniform? At some nearby naval base, like on the Kitsap Peninsula or up in Everett? Try on the other side of the Pacific, in Japan.
Seems to me that the Nose and the reporter for that news article both should have sniffed these two salient facts out and mentioned them to their respective readers.
After all, which councilman was more courageous? The one who wore a red sweater to a meeting but wouldn’t say why? Or the one serving our country in uniform overseas, that most cogently did (Viewpoint, 3-6)?