The Times plans a story on local bloggers - while the person who has done more than anyone to give them a voice is on the other side of the world

A comment posted today by the a cape blogger: 
"Emily Dooley is working on a story about the impact blogs have on local issues, public policy and debate.  Watch for it a week from this Sunday."

"This blogger offered to do a photo shoot, but Emily was more interested in your comments.

"So play nice. Emily is reading what you are writing. If you'd like to tell her what you think about all this blogging - leave your comments here and I'll email them to her. "

What a coincidence - the Times decides to run a story about local bloggers just after master chef  Walter Brooks of Blog Chowder at, the main gathering place for bloggers on the Cape and islands, leaves on a three-week trip to the other side of the world.

Seeing how this is not a time-sensitive story, the Times should wait for Walter and his wife, Pat, to return from southeast Asia and hold the story until he's been interviewed. Or at the very least, contact him by e-mail at [email protected]>

Otherwise, Walter's absence from the story would be a conspicuous oversight.

Who knows, maybe this is the Times's way of saying, Happy Birthday, Walter! welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on