"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Tipping point for revolt

With all the many problems at the Port of Seattle, you wonder what bit of information it might be that would prove the tipping point for revolt – the point at which voters tell the elected board, “Off with all your heads.”

Maybe the reports that the private attorneys hired by the Port (which is to say, the people of the district) to defend it against criminal investigators at the U.S. Department of Justice, have so far been paid more than a quarter million dollars. Something about that factoid just seems as though it might do the trick.

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