Actually I'm kind of happy.
I was never all that impressed by the journalistic effort of the Sitting Duck, and after reading the "see you later (not!), screw you" edition of the paper, I know exactly why.
Knight writes about bee-bopping around Olympia in the Summer of 2002, just more than a year after the bottom fell out of downtown. The Nisqually earthquake disconnected downtown by closing the 4th Avenue bridge, so the downtown Olympia that Knight found was a depressing version of the downtown that I grew up with.
His specific reference to the Spar is especially troubling to me. By the time he made it to the Spar, it was a sad shadow of the restaurant that I grew up with. To me, Mcmenamins buying the Spar was a sigh of relief. The service is worse there now, but I'm still glad it moved on to new ownership.
I could go on for awhile about how I resent being told about the soul of my town from someone who moved here in 2002 and is now leaving, but let me just say this: Knight is full of himself. I cite the end of his "I'm outa here" column, Knight speaking of himself as the hero in "The Magnificent Seven:"
And so they ride back and shoot up the bad guys and in the process get pretty well shot up themselves. But they've empowered the villagers as best they can, and now its up to (the villagers) to protect themselves.Well, since you did your harm to public discourse in this town, I'm happy to see you leave. We did an ok job before you got here, we'll survive without your inflated ego.
Like many before us, we had fallen in love with the curious character of our moderately famous community, and believing that ideas, truth, and words still make a difference, we're determined to give it a voice. That's what we came here to do and we have done our very best. We tried to fight the good fight. The fight isn't over though -- it never is -- and our biggest worry is that during the next few years, Olympia will need, more than ever, an alternative and original voice.
Our work here is done. And now it's time to ride on.