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.

Canada’s 150th birthday party was worth the sticker shock

January 2, 2018 - 6:47am Updated: January 2, 2018 - 11:47am

KAMLOOPS — As 2017 passed into the history books the other night, you may or may not have thought about the end of our nation’s celebration of 150 years.

It’s worth thinking about, because we spent an estimated $610 million on this year-long birthday party celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial.

2018 promises to be a very important year

January 1, 2018 - 8:57am

KAMLOOPS - 

Welcome to 2018. It’s going well so far.

At this time, it’s traditional for journalists — who fancy themselves quite the clever, amusing lot — to make silly predictions about what will happen in the coming year, or make up fake resolutions for politicians.

Since two-thirds of New Year resolutions are broken by the end of January and 80 per cent of them by March, it would be politically smart to make resolutions we intend to break, instead of ones we’ll try to keep.

2018 promises to be a very important year

January 1, 2018 - 8:57am

KAMLOOPS - 

Welcome to 2018. It’s going well so far.

At this time, it’s traditional for journalists — who fancy themselves quite the clever, amusing lot — to make silly predictions about what will happen in the coming year, or make up fake resolutions for politicians.

Since two-thirds of New Year resolutions are broken by the end of January and 80 per cent of them by March, it would be politically smart to make resolutions we intend to break, instead of ones we’ll try to keep.

We live in an age of exaggeration, and we aren’t listening

December 30, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — In anticipation of the new year, I will get my almost-annual rant about how we abuse the English language off my chest. This time, my gripe is with our impulse to make everything more than it is.

It would not be an exaggeration to say we live in an age of exaggeration. We like to blame politicians for exaggerating but I’m not so sure they don’t take their cues from us, the masses.

Let’s get a couple of the obvious ones out of the way first. The use of “literally,” for example. It’s currently the most misused word in our language.

Frootloops council finds a solution to costs of annual Christmas skit

December 23, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — The Big Day is almost upon the sleepy village of Frootloops, and the council has come together to plan the annual Christmas concert, featuring a skit by its members. Mayor Ken Kringle, newly elected to the job, takes his chair and prepares to preside.

KRINGLE: I call this meeting to order. We have a fulsome agenda to get through, unless there’s anyone here who’s contrary minded. Main topic is the annual Christmas skit. We can only increase the budget this year by 2.5 per cent. Mr. Tannenbaum, how much will that get us?

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