The Press: Mr. Townes Leaves Town

Almost overnight, the namby-pamby Tacoma Times had turned into a crusading newspaper (TIME, Feb. 16). Many Tacomans, unused to forthright journalism, were confused by the new style. In an editorial, Editor William A. Townes tried to straighten them out.

"It takes little effort or risk," he wrote, "to wax indignant or to write platitudes about remote subjects. It is not so easy to live up to the highest ethics and responsibilities of a newspaper in the public affairs of its own home community. ... It is a newspaper's duty to show the bad so that the people can correct it, and the...

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