The above quote pretty much sums up our local political blogging community's response (as well as those of our local government, business and professional organizations), in regards to our Community Standards (Unsightly Premises) Bylaw.
Ask them a question on why certain Bylaws (Community Standards) are not being enforced in this community and you hear... SILENCE. (oh? must be a tough question?)
Ask them to explain how this problem should be dealt with and... SILENCE.
Ask them why former and current Bylaw Officers, CAOs, councils, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development (Community Futures), etc. in this community 'hide' from dealing with this issue, that has such a big impact on our community's health and prosperity... and again... SILENCE.
Ask them to give a little history on the subject and... SILENCE. (must be another tough question?)
Write into one of these blogs and deal with a Puritan, fundamentalist control system of censorship, through blog moderation, and find yourself with no voice, prevented from participating... again (forced)... SILENCE.
There seems to be a lot of SILENCE in the Crowsnest Pass? Pretty quiet place.
I read a well written story in this week's Promoter by columnist Joni MacFarlane titled 'In defense of newspapers' (no link, because it is not available online yet??) who makes a very good case ands raises a valid concern about the potential demise of local newspapers, because of new social networking mediums, such as blogging, for one.
I guess my concern with her article is with the second to last paragraph:
... At their best, newspapers inform the public, keep government accountable, and animate social discourse. Good investigative reporting provides scrutiny of the public purse and often sets the public agenda.I know Joni is new to the community but everything quoted above does NOT apply to the Crowsnest Pass, despite our having two newspapers. They do none of the above! Newspapers here sell advertising, with at least one of them being used as a political tool to push or pull their, and their friends, own agenda. While the other, I understand has an official 'hands-off' policy. Otherwise, I'm sure they and all the rest of those I mentioned above would take their collective heads out of the sand and do something about it. See that our Bylaws are 'enforced'! But then, that would require they break their vow of... SILENCE. Now wouldn't it?
Taking action leads to results; not taking action only leads to feelings of hopelessness – and helplessness.