But, take a look back at what it used to be around here:
Beer, a day off, and a new wage scale. Revolution!!
The main cause of the desire for a change seems to arise from the fact that giving of the name Washington to the new state would lead to confusion, and that endless trouble and annoyance would arise from the confounding of the national capital and the political division on the northwest Pacific coast.
Out to of 695 replies, 564 were in favor or Washington and these were scattered evenly over all parts of the territory.
Another fact worthy of note is that there was an entire absence of any local prejudice. Yakima was favored by more non-residents of the valley of that name. Tacoma was the choice of more people in King county than the people in Pierce county, while nearly all of the expressions favorable of Rainier were outside of Seattle.
The bad news becomes apparent as one walks past the front desk and down the main hallway to reach the newsroom. First, there is a large nook with two desks, facing into the hallway as if to welcome visitors into a major customer service hub, but now abandoned. Then behind those desks is another room with row after row of cubicles, about 30 or more, containing nothing but some cleaning supplies, folding tables, recycle bins, and other bric-a-brac in need of a storage space.So, what I'm saying is that its understandable. But, not the worst part.
That’s the top floor. The bottom floor was once the print shop, but it sits empty too, as all the printing is now done in Tacoma.
At the end of that main hallway, a sign on the wall offers directions to passersby. Three of the arrows on the sign point toward the empty room on the top floor (“advertising,” “production,” and “online”), two point to the empty bottom floor (“circulation” and “production center”), and only one to an occupied space (“newsroom”).
Clearly, while The Olympian has more local staff than some outsiders might realize, they have many fewer than they had in their heyday.