This blog has not been kind to Matt Manweller. Several years ago, he penned an opinion piece that appeared in the Seattle Times that was, well, perplexing. I was a fairly new blogger then and my response may have been unreasonably harsh. So it was only fitting (Karma is a bitch, after all) that I would end up voting in Washington’s 13th legislative district and being represented in Olympia by none other than Matt Manweller.
I’ve been mostly happy with his work in Olympia. I haven’t agreed with every vote, but for the most part, he represents me well. Make no mistake, I’ve seen this guy speak in person and he is very, very smart and very, very articulate. So I can understand why leftist progressives would like him ousted at CWU and out of the state legislature. But the witch hunt being carried at at Central defies logic.
Either there are allegations of inappropriate behavior against someone or there aren’t. Under no circumstances that I can imagine is it acceptable for a university to use $120,000 of taxpayer money to hire an investigator to go looking for allegations, but that seems to be what has happened here.
Manweller is hitting back and his response is compelling.
…Er, I mean, the Green Jobs Answer Man. LOLZ ensue.
Regardless of the fact that a mob of 500 baseball bat and crowbar wielding longshoremen stormed the port in Longview, Washington, took and held hostages, cut brake lines and dumped grain, the Seattle Times has chosen to illustrate the story with photos and captions depicting law enforcement as the aggressors and the longshoremen as peaceful protesters. One photo, depicting a protester standing on the tracks in front of a locomotive, is clearly intended to evoke memories of Tianamen Square or maybe Washington State’s liberal darling, Rachel Corrie.
To be fair, the Times news article covering the disturbance reported the facts much as I’ve recounted them here, relying on their bevy of low-information readers to skip all the nasty words and head straight to the photos.
Bellevue, WA – At the August 25th State Committee meeting in Moses Lake, the Washington State Republican Party voted to endorse Initiative 1125.
Initiative 1125 will ensure tolls are used only for projects they are collected for and the toll will end once the project is complete.
WSRP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said, “I-1125 will require state government to stay fiscally prudent and has the added benefit of requiring elected Representatives to set the cost of tolls – not unelected bureaucrats.
“It’s important that we hold Olympia accountable and 1125 does just that.”