When competence just cannot be toleratedJuly 14th, 2011 by Steven Gardner
On June 23 there appeared on a rival news site an editorial
written, I assumed, by someone for whom I have a begrudgingly huge
amount of respect. He might have once worked here at the Kitsap
Sun, I’ll have to check. So many times when he (or she, because I’m
doing this with the pretense of not naming him [or her]) would
write something I would find myself
insanely, (No, that’s not right.)
(Closer, but not quite there.) somewhat (That’s the one.) jealous
that I didn’t write it myself. Over here, assuming this writer did
work here, there was a byline attached. Over at the rival there was
not on the particular piece I found to be so brilliant that it
merited again my envy.
“First, be born rich. Not smart, that only leads to problems. And best is if you are rich with money you didn’t earn. In this case, someone else will pay your skyrocketing tuition bill so when you graduate with your anthropology or — heaven forbid — journalism degree and cross your fingers for a job flipping hamburgers, you will be able to spend your paycheck on $300 e-book gadgets to replace $5 paperbacks rather than fending off collection agents.”
At the end you discover the point of the sarcastic (i.e. the author doesn’t really believe people shouldn’t go to college.) treatise. I’ll let you discover it.
The column is especially pertinent today, because the writer in question was just today released from his employment at our rival. He made that paper better and trained some good writers over there, but his reward for a job well done was a heartfelt letter about the publication wanting to go in a new direction. Whatever direction that is not somewhere I want to go.
Good luck Andy.