HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE… TODD VAUGHN?
For several years, Umpqua Watersheds has been the target of bizarre attacks by Todd Vaughn in our local newspaper and elsewhere. Some of you who still read the News Review may be wondering why we have never responded to him.
The UW board has steadfastly chosen NOT to respond because these rants are so paranoid and outlandish that we have just laughed them off as inept cartoons, and assume that most other thoughtful readers do the same. The UW board believes that it is best to ignore his increasingly unhinged diatribes.
Vaughn clearly craves attention and fancies himself to be some sort of clairvoyant analyst – he often builds elaborate historical houses of cards to make his convoluted case, but never cites any evidence. He jumps from far-right conspiracy to illogical non-sequitur, then proclaims “voila”, case closed — leaving us all saying “Huh? What the heck is he talking about?” Responding to him would likely also bring a gaggle of other crazies out of the woodwork, and things could go south rapidly. We’ve all heard the wise advice about mud-wrestling with pigs.
So – how do you solve a problem like Todd Vaughn? Let him rant, have a good chuckle, and then ignore him.
Ken Carloni, President, Umpqua Watersheds