Step two in the logic process was that responding to comments takes up precious blogging minutes (you know, those stolen moments when one isn’t earning a living, spending time with loved ones, sleeping, or knitting.) The writer of a post might respond to comments, using up time that would otherwise have been spent on the purpose of the blog.
Various readers have mused that the no-comment policy at Montana Headlines is perhaps an example of conservatives not being open-minded. It is a valid criticism, albeit one that Montana Headlines was prepared to accept for the sake of concentrating on the posts themselves.
It seems, though, that having a blog and not allowing any comments is poor internet manners (SORT OF LIKE SHOUTING). Until someone politely points out the faux pas, though, bad manners can go uncorrected.
Ed Kemmick, in his recent kind mention of this blog, did just that, for which thanks are in order.
So this blog is now open for comments on a trial basis, with "riff and/or raff" welcome. Things will get re-evaluated in roughly a month regarding whether the initial instinct was actually the right one after all.
One caveat: if a comment is one which, if spoken, would gain an invitation to exit a polite social gathering hosted by a Montana Headlines grandmother, it will vanish into the ether of the net.
On an unrelated note, some readers have pointed out that Montana Headlines hasn’t sufficiently delivered on its promise to critique the Gazette's fairness. The original plan was to post only occasionally, when a Gazette headline or editorial (i.e. the parts that are nearly as anonymously written as is Montana Headlines) seemed particularly unfair, leaving no choice but either to throw the paper at one’s guiltless dog… or to blog.
But since the never-ending circus of Montana politics has caused posting to be daily, referencing virtually every major newspaper in Montana as well as a number of national publications, Gazette-bias posts have been the exception rather than the rule.
A more accurate subheading for the blog’s title and a more telling description is being considered, but as is well-known, change is painful for conservatives. On the other hand, to paraphrase that ur-conservative Edmund Burke, a blog without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. So look for further micro-evolution on this site.