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COMMENTARY · 31st October 2012
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat Daily site… the Tidelines program which we use… I found quite impressive despite its limitations. Learning to use it in 2007 was interesting and I’m still finding little parts of its program which I did not know about.

Since I started working on the site, I have believed it to be a community oriented site, with lots of ways for people in the community to use it to inform others about what is going on in Kitimat, Terrace or any of the other towns for which we have established a Daily.

While I know my website is not the only news source in Kitimat, I do my best to go to as much as I can. I work to put as much as the substance of what I attend into my writing and I try to update at least three-five times a week in the morning and report what I see and here. If people want to criticize me for telling the truth, so be it.

There is a famous quote from John F. Kennedy: “Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed– and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. […] [The media is there] not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”

The Kitimat Daily Website is there to keep people informed about what is going on in the committee. We are here to keep people informed, to educate and sometimes anger.

I am not afraid to put my name on the articles I write. I do not believe in hiding behind pay walls or require a subscription fee. People should not have to pay money to know what is going on in their community.

When I started this job five years ago, I knew little to nothing about how a municipality really worked. I’ve learned, I’ve watched and I’ve grown. While I still try to see the good in everyone, I no longer wear my rose coloured glasses.

I know many former residents read this webpage to keep up with what is going on in Kitimat. Many residents read and sometimes comment.

October was my fifth anniversary month. I’m proud of the last five years of work I have done and I can’t think of anything I’d do differently. Unfortunately, as a part of my look back, there were a few more things I wanted to share at the end of the month and they were cut short due to the Earthquake.

I guess I’ll have to put them up on Thursday and Sunday.
Keep up the good work!
Comment by Xiang on 4th November 2012
My hat off to you - a new kitimation