Im taking a quick time out to apologize to regular readers, who continue to visit this blog by the hundreds every day despite the fact I havent posted a single item this week.
For that, I do apologize - and thank you for your continued support! I got hit last weekend with two new work assignments, both with short-term deadlines, which fully diverted my focus from blogging. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and do have some blog topics rattling around my cranium, so please bear with me.
Im appalled at what Ive been seeing in Labrador, with the Quebec Innu's political hunt of the Red Wine caribou herd, and will offer a frank assessment of that story.
I havent commented yet on NTVs big exclusive Fred Huttons interview with Danny Williams and will give my views on this as well.
For that matter, I need to update you on some of the fall-out of Danny Williams's boycott of CBC.
And theres more, much more, in the wings.
Thank you for your patience as I get out from under these deadlines. I promise to return to active blogging ASAP. In the meantime, check out Mark Griffin, the newest columnist on the provincial media scene. His output will appear every two weeks in The Advertiser.
Griffin is a lawyer, minor hockey coach and pillar of the community in Grand Falls-Windsor. You may remember him as the citizen who had the nerve to ask questions about the closure of the paper mill and expropriation of assets in his home town, an act of skullduggery for which he was accused by the premier of betraying his people.
Griffins debut as a columnist is noteworthy because individuals willing to ask tough questions of this government are in short supply. As Griffin notes in his first column:
I was recently accused of betraying the province due to the piece I wrote when the mill closed. For the same reason I was called a traitor, and my motivations were questioned. That was not politically motivated and contrary to what was said and suggested at the time, I was not then and to this day have never been a member of any political party
At the end of the day, it is less about what we say and more about the freedom to say it without reprisal. Our political leaders would be well served to remember this. If one is the subject of criticism on a matter of public policy, debating the merits of the subject matter is far more productive than personal attacks, or I least I would think so.
Griffins first column sets the scene for whats to come. The column runs every two weeks with the next installment on Monday, March 8. If you like to consume alternative viewpoints in your browsing diet, be sure to click by at least twice a month. And while there, check out The Advertiser's editorial page. It will demonstrate that feisty, straightforward opinion is alive and well at the province's community newspapers.