As you know, Varlo’s trial is this week. And recently I was reminded of something that I think a lot of people should know but do not. Remember back when you first decided you were going to have to try to press charges against Varlo, when you were getting all the bad press and flack for firing him? At one point you made this statement regarding Varlo: “a criminal investigation is being conducted by local law enforcement.” I’m sure you’ll remember that well enough. It was calculated, of course, to allow the broadest possible speculation, to make people wonder what nefarious and illegal deeds Varlo might be guilty of. You knew, of course, that the only thing you had to go on was the alleged classroom “assault,” and that the only “law enforcement” investigating anything was your cynical little henchman, Don Reid. But why not suggest that Varlo might be a real criminal? After all, even if it was underhanded and dirty, sort of like hitting below the belt, it was to your advantage. I hope you keep a record of both your actions and the moral maxims that are their basis. Since I suspect that you don’t, I may have to help you with it. And, there will be no need to thank me; I’ll be glad to do it. I’ll even send copies to your posterity, because I care about their moral education.
Anyway, your little statement worked. Even Varlo and those of us who know him couldn’t imagine what this “criminal investigation” was all about. So we did our best to discover what was going on. What we found out, Biff—and you know this, of course—is that Varlo was being investigated for felony “child abuse” (apparently because our alleged “victim” was still 17 at the time she enrolled in the acting class, i.e., the class in which acting is taught). Yes, the same evidence that has landed Varlo in city justice court for “assault” was, early on, forwarded to the Washington County Attorney as a child abuse case. Biff, this could not have happened without your stamp of approval, nor without the cooperation of (perhaps even at the instigation of) Brother Reid. I’m guessing Reid did his level best to try to write things up in such a way as to make that child abuse charge stick. And I’m guessing that it was urged on the County Attorney by both you and Reid, and perhaps others, so that the statement I’ve mentioned above, along with some other statements, could seem justified. Remember those other statements, Biff? I refer to the ones about how when the “truth” was known everyone would see what a bad guy Varlo is and how right you were to fire him. Well, here we are, almost a year and a half later, and what you managed to muster up was a contrived misdemeanor assault charge. Where’s all that other information you promised was going to come out?
Here’s a “truth” for you, Biff: a decent person would not try to stick someone with a bogus “child abuse” charge. That was done not just to try to make your decisions look right but to ruin Varlo completely, to stigmatize him. It shows a complete lack of regard for basic decency. It’s hitting below the belt and then sneering at your opponent while you celebrate your victory as though it were legitimate. I suppose we use various terms to refer to such people. Here’s one of them: thug. And, Biff, though I hate to say it, that’s you. It’s not just Varlo’s case that proves it. There’s also Joel Lewis. Let’s not forget how Brother Reid was suggesting to you that if Lewis didn’t cooperate when you pressured him to resign he could be charged with “witness tampering.”
Yeah, Biff, that’s quite the shop you’re running over there, quite the shop indeed. I hope no one who knows what’s going on is mistaking it for a university. Meanwhile, we’ll see how things turn out for Varlo. He’s a very good and decent man. I hope things work in his favor.
P.S. - Please convey my apologies to Doaja Hicks for these “inflammatory” statements.