A loss to the ‘sphere

by Pete Talbot

While trying to write a post on the Montana initiative contests, I surfed some of the other blogs for insight. Jay Stevens over at Left in The West is always my first go to guy. So it was disheartening to see that he is retiring from LiTW.

Jay’s writing was well-reasoned and researched. His posts were based on fact, not rumor or innuendo. Also, Jay wasn’t above self-reflection or re-thinking a stand on the issues. And his links were some of the best in the biz.

He’s a Democrat, to be sure, but he isn’t a party hack. He’s criticized just about every elected Democratic figure when they deserved it.

It’s usually the other way around. The old dude mentors the young dude. This was not the case here. Young Jay offered me a slot at 4&20. He proffered encouragement but also a free rein. Then there was the technical advise, which was sorely needed.

He left 4&20 in the capable hands of jhwygirl and the site continues to perform. His work over at LiTW is the standard by which other progressive Montana blogs are measured.

This post reads like an obit, which it is not. Here’s to Jay’s sabbatical. I’m sure we’ll see his writing some other time in some other place. Til then, thanks buddy.

(Update: it appears Matt Singer is leaving LiTW, too. Seven years isn’t a long time in the realm of most things but it’s an eternity in the world of the blogosphere. If the word “institution” can apply to blogs, then LiTW comes closest to fitting the definition. Founding father Singer set the tone for political blogs in this state and his voice will be missed. There is now a void where political junkies, elected officials and just regular folks who like to stay informed can go for news and commentary. Best of luck, Matt, on your future endeavors.)

(Final update: when the MSM reports on the blogs, well, that’s news in itself. Here’s Chelsi Moy’s take on the shuttering of LiTW.)

  1. Ingemar Johansson

    I nominate Jay for the MT Bloggers Hall of Fame.

    All in favor say “aye”.

  2. Funny that, Swede. If there were an MTBHoF, it would likely only be because Jay set it up.

  3. Pogo Possum

    I second that Swede. Matt and Jay deserve some credit.

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