No editorial page can ever be perfect, including the Boston Globe. In many ways the Globe has a decent set up: a few editorials and letters to the left, a few opinion pieces to the right. It works, like it does in most newspapers across the country. However, the content of the editorial page is obviously paramount. Today's Michael Vick piece doesn't belong there. Every editorial ought to be related either to a special need or a greater cause - neither of which a few hundred words on Michael Vick accomplishes.
Michael Vick's actions were heinous and he'll see at least some jail time for what he did. However, his case is more personal than anything else. As the Globe states in their very own editorial, "Vick's crime does not threaten the integrity of professional football, unlike the fixing of the 1919 World Series by eight Chicago White Sox players." Why spend precious newspaper inches on a particular person when his case only impacts him? Even if what Vick did speaks to a greater cause - animal rights, a lack of a respect for the law by professional athletes, etc. - the Globe didn't make that case. Instead, we get an editorial about how Michael Vick is a bad, bad person - but not bad enough to be banned from the NFL forever. Gee, maybe the Globe should have an editorial on the mistakes of everyone in life?
What the Globe should focus more on are the issues that actually matter. Here are some suggestions: there are specific bridges and tunnels in the Boston area that are in a terrible state. While the Globe's editorial staff have talked about some of them, we need to keep attention focused on fixing them. Why not a weekly editorial report on the status of a particular bridge or what's being done to fix them? Obviously, crime in Boston is getting out of control - how are Boston cops and leaders, whether elected or hired, doing in their jobs to route out that violence? Furthermore, there's a congressional race in Massachusetts that the Globe has barely spent time mentioning - why not try to educate the Globe's readers on the specifics of that race and not just succeed the race to the front runner, when people don't know all the facts?
These stories represent particular needs and often even systematic problems across Massachusetts. Until they're fixed, the Globe's editorial staff should sound like a broken record. Vick's case doesn't address any real problems - accept his own. He's not a politician; knowing about Vick won't educate voters. At the very least, there must be more important issues facing Greater Boston readers than Michael Vick.