Armchair Mayor

By: Mel Rothenburger

Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). He continued to write columns for The Daily News until it ceased publication Jan. 11, 2014, and did regular commentary for CBC Radio.

Distracted-walking laws go a step too far

November 9, 2017 - 5:47am Updated: November 9, 2017 - 11:17am

KAMLOOPS — Higher fines for distracted driving are now in effect, and the B.C. government announced this week that the next step will be higher auto insurance premiums.

In addition to penalty points and fines, those collecting distracted driving tickets will have to pay a special premium that could add as much as $2,000 to their bill.

Instead of relaxing the law on AR-15, let's ban it

November 8, 2017 - 8:46am Updated: November 8, 2017 - 1:28pm

KAMLOOPS — Every time the gun debate flares up south of border, WE Canadians are drawn into it. So it is now, as funerals are arranged for the 26 people slaughtered in a Texas church this past weekend.

Police say the killer, a man named David P. Kelley, used an AR-15 semi-automatic, a civilian variant of the military M-16 assault rifle.

Let’s be clear: not all men are ‘potential rapists’

November 4, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — The current public debate on sexual harassment and assault prompted by the #MeToo campaign brought to mind a front-page headline years ago in the Kamloops Daily News.

In capital letters, and inside quotation marks, it said, ‘ALL MEN ARE POTENTIAL RAPISTS.’

It was a provocative headline taken from a statement by an activist who was in town talking about sexual harassment. In her mind, all men were sexual predators waiting for an opportunity.