Thanks for the link, interesting reading..
One last thing with Debian is to set up peristent logging with systemd's logging component called journal. By default journal will log to /run which is ephemeral meaning the logs will disappear after reboot. The process of making the logs persistent (if you choose to do so) is documented here: /usr/share/doc/systemd/README.Debian
It's worth noting that you don't have to use journal if you don't want to, it's designed to co-exist with syslog, that's already running on your system, so you can continue to use that. I personally find journal awesome and would recommend that you at least check it out and see what it brings to the table.
That explains why no journal log for me on Sparky.. I don't miss it. The other 'syslogs' are actually more helpful. As for boot times, et. I believe a lot depends on individual hardware and configs.
And YES, it does appear that internal debian politics
account for a lot of the fuss....