I don’t really feel like dissecting Seattle Time’s editorial columnist Collin Levey’s latest barf-bag of partially predigested partisan bile, except to say: “blah, blah, blah.” [“This band of brothers has a different view of Kerry“]
As usual, she uses her opinion column as a vehicle for rumor mongering. In the right-wing media sewer system that starts with the cesspool of supermarket tabloids and winds its way through the Wall Street Journal’s sewage treatment plant of an editorial page, Collin is our local discharge conduit, dumping its effluent into Puget Sound.
While I applaud The Seattle Times for seeing fit to provide op/ed space for a local columnist to regularly cover national and international issues, I’m having trouble understanding what exactly is “local” about Collin Levey? She never provides any local perspective, never explores the local impact of national issues, never draws on local history, people or events to color her commentaries.
Perhaps Collin actually lives in Seattle, but she might as well be writing from the WSJ’s Manhattan offices for all we know. She is essentially a nationally syndicated conservative columnist… without the syndication.
Terry Parkhurst spews:
A friend who manages Third Place Books in Ravenna (where the former PCC store was) tells me that Ms. Levey comes into that store regularly. So she does indeed live here in Seattle. But you make a valid point. She seems disconnected from local politics and people. Like many transplants from other locales in the past decade or so – think of the monorail\’s Joel Horn – she walks among us but not with us. The Seattle Times had a fine local columnist in Erik Lacitis and thhey dropped his column and made him a reporter again. I believe the Blethens want writers who will help re-elect President Bush and help them get out from under the JOA.
Terry… thanks for the comments, and the insight into Collin Levey. One thing I\’ve learned from you, is that apparently, Collin does read something other than the Wall Street Journal.
I myself am a transplant, so you could say that I walk among you too. I try to walk with you, but I don\’t think I\’ll every fully understand this region\’s political psyche.
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Two days late, the Seattle Times finally mentions the blockbuster national study that charter school students lag a half year behind those in traditional public schools.
Surprisingly, it\’s in a column by Collin Levy. Not surprisingly, the column …