Thanks people for kind wishes in comments and private messages. We can hope that matters raised in alternative media and the blogosphere gain wider exposure and more complete discussion in 2015.
Traditional press and broadcasters face constraints that dictate silence or one-sided reporting on many issues and they’re seldom willing to kick the shins of economic and political interests. (Ian Jessop is an exception and his Bell Media bosses deserve thanks.) A blog like this one has no advertisers to dictate what is said and no industry organizations or commercial operations spreading cash to influence content.
I don’t expect readers to agree with everything said here but I’m proud that thousands find it regularly worth attention. I’m also proud to know and appreciate other bloggers who write sincere opinions and information about public issues. I find much of it thought provoking and informative and some of it even argument provoking. Many blogs are well researched and well written; others are the opposite, most are somewhere between those poles.
However, readers will typically find content somewhere that suits their individual interests. Most of us are comfortable with material that reflects the opinions we already hold and, while understandable, that’s unfortunate if it prevents us from challenging our own attitudes. I believe that we can have dialogue with people who hold different points of view and we can do that with mutual respect. It’s always disappointing when potential contributors to this blog ignore civility and act like anonymity gives licence to spread misinformation or say anything. Their efforts quickly move into the deleted file. I’ll tolerate disagreement but I won’t tolerate libel or invective. Happily, there’s not much of that.
Again, to all, but especially the regulars and financial supporters, thank you. It’s your involvement as readers that makes this effort worthwhile. I hope we can make it more relevant to us and our neighbours.