Once again we come to the Holiday Season with Christmas as the central attraction – whether you are Christian or not. For everyone it’s a time where we get together with family and/or friends and forget the troubles of the world – so I won’t be reporting on any Town events in this Post. But I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the forum provided here and a special thanks to those who see me around town and take the time to let me know that they appreciate my work. As you know, I don’t operate this “blog” as a business but instead as a service. As such, I am quite happy to recommend others in Cobourg who fill gaps in my coverage – notably Todays Northumberland led by Pete Fisher, the web site of the Northumberland News newspaper and Cobourg Now led by Jay Robinson. Links to these and others may be found on the page called “Other News Sources“.
But this site is the only one with the word “Blog” included – why is that? It’s called a blog because of the format: comments are allowed and encouraged and its layout is in “blog format” and not like a newspaper. It also implies a more personal writing style. The downside is that blogs are usually a place where the author expresses an opinion so some readers are “turned-off”. But newspapers often aim at particular audiences or promote particular viewpoints – e.g. the Toronto Star acknowledges that it has a Liberal bias (both politically and philosophically); the Toronto Sun is Conservative as is the National Post. But local news sources try to be neutral – and that’s true for Cobourg News blog. Sometimes it’s hard and occasionally I get accused of bias but it’s certainly not intended.
One reason that other news web sites do not allow and/or encourage comments is that comments must be moderated. That is, monitored and deleted if needed, and this takes time. It’s often hard to draw a line between what’s interesting and what’s offensive or way off topic. I also insist that the email provided is valid. Although it’s not published it ensures a degree of legitimacy – please, no emails like Pope@gmail.com or Trump@bell.net or firstname.lastname@example.org
But enough of that.
With the new Council now going into their second year, I’m sure there will be lots happening in 2020 so stay tuned.
Meanwhile I wish everyone all the best for Christmas – may it be a source of Happiness for you and yours.