I know, I know, this is how rumors get started. So before we go any further, let's make one thing clear -- there is no movement afoot to have Clark County secede from the State of Washington. At least as far as I know.
There is an old stand-up comedy routine — so old that I can't even find it on the Internet — that has come to mind recently. Given its political, cynical, caustic nature, it must have been a George Carlin diatribe, and I remember seeing it many, many years ago.
Full disclosure: My daughter is a senior at St. Mary's Academy, and my wife's ties to the school date back to the Carter administration. So I have taken more than a passing interest in the events of the past week as a figurative firestorm has engulfed the all-girls high school in downtown Portland.