I think that articles like this are valid and interesting. I would also rather see them posted on the ShackBlog rather than the Shacknews frontpage.
I enjoy visiting shacknews to keep informed on what's happening in the industry, but am less interested in these sort of opinion pieces. When ShackBlog was created, I saw this as an opportunity to seperate these different types of content and keep the news site focused on news, announcements, and events. It makes sense to me to keep things organized and consistent like this.
I'm not in a position to argue what the purpose of Shacknews vs. Shackblog is, but am rather just stating what I'd rather see when I visit Shacknews.com.