It's not every day that the Associated Press covers the goings on in a small town around the subject of vandalism, but a Jan. 29 story is an exception. It appears that a singular vandal, or perhaps small group of vandals, in and around the Bend, Ore., area, has a thing for SNEWS® founder and former Bend mayor, Bob Woodward, aka Woody. Signs such as "Bob Woodward sucks," according to the AP report, as well as other such anti-Woody graffiti have been appearing along the cross-country trails and painted onto warming huts, signs and outhouses around Bend. According to the AP story, Woody believes the vandal is upset over a past column he wrote in a local paper voicing some support for a proposed expansion of the Virginia Meissner ski area. It seems there is even an informal organization, with the acronym of KWIT (Keep Woodward in Town), that has issued a warning that graffiti will continue if Woodward keeps getting published.
SNEWS® View: Woody not writing stories? Woody not speaking out? For a man who was elected mayor in the '90s with the campaign slogan of "men without ties" that's not bloody likely. If KWIT's goal was to push Woodward out of the public view, it appears their plan may have backfired. Woody is garnering statewide attention now, and the KWIT idiots are being seen for what they are -- graffiti bandits with nothing better to do than to desecrate their own backyard. Now how clueless do you have to be to do that?