A terrible crime occurred in Newton recently that was duly reported in the public prints and elsewhere.
Blogger and Surrey resident/activist Laila Yuile offers heartfelt condolences to the victim and her family, and then gets down to brass tacks on the larger issue:
...In news clips and reports today, both the Mayor and councillor Hepner declined to talk about the issues in Newton, saying it was a conversation for another day. With respect to them, and to the victim – it’s not. It is a conversation that must be had today and for very good reason – preventing further crimes in this high risk area...
It's a good post, but what is even better is the discussion Laila has with her readers and fellow residents.
Why is the discussion on the better blogs so much richer than the litany of caterwauling and call-outs that dominate most of the comment threads tacked on to proMedia stories?
Because the folks who comment at places like Laila's know that the person who wrote the post/column will actually pay attention to what commenters have to say rather than just having sniffers and interns skim the threads for impropriety/obscenity, etc.
Go have a look at the thread under discussion - you won't be disappointed and, like me, you will probably learn a thing or two about what is actually going on in Newton and, more importantly, why.