One Man's Opinion

By: Doug Collins

Hard to celebrate being an American these days

July 4, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — It’s hard to believe Americans can jump for joy on this 4th of July, given the turmoil the country is going through, largely because of the constant silliness and poor judgment of its’ President. Donald Trump continues to be a disturbing influence on the state of America, and the direction it’s heading. At one time I thought he was a chameleon, being able to change shapes to suit the surroundings. I’m not sure what I believe now. He reminds me of some of the fantasy movies where the bad guy changes shapes to look like a good guy, and then all of a sudden you see the real person.

More on Kamloops' recycling boondoggle

June 27, 2017 - 10:15am

KAMLOOPS — Sometimes when you have so many good columnists working with you, you wind up treading on each others’ toes when you have something that sticks in your craw. I have been ticked off for a week over the City’s recycling program, and today was the day I was going to provide you with my missive on the way this program has changed for the worse. Then today, Bill McQuarrie wrote his column on the same topic.

Time for new theories on our great society

June 25, 2017 - 3:00pm

KAMLOOPS — This seems to be the week for theories. Our Armchair Mayor, who seems to be getting pretty relaxed in that couch of his, has been speculating on all sorts of things while he waits for the start of summer. He’s been talking about what to do about the City’s three-dog bylaw, and his thoughts include a weight bylaw for dogs instead of a number you can have. He suggests we can keep noise down by having parents kick their kids out of homes earlier to fend for themselves. He speculated on the Emperor’s (Liberals) New Clothes.

Local media still the best way to communicate in emergencies

June 20, 2017 - 5:00am Updated: June 20, 2017 - 8:39am

KAMLOOPS — A new study released yesterday shows the struggle many Fort McMurray residents had trying to find answers in last year’s devastating wildfire. An analysis of 70,000 tweets showed many could find no source of information as the wildfire roared through their community, tearing apart lives and leaving many homeless.

Accessible Kamloops - fact or fiction?

June 18, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — We have spent the past week talking about Access 4 All. It’s all about showcasing some of the things we’re doing to make Kamloops more accessible for those who have difficulty with accessibility. And in particular, the reopening of the newly accessible Grasslands Loop. This trail has been made more accessible for walkers, those in wheelchairs and it’s a great improvement for our City.

Two week spring break or one — no big deal

June 13, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Whatever is negotiated at the end of the day regarding the length of spring break in our school district, let’s be up front and not try to fool anyone. An extra week of vacation time, coupled with what teachers already get, is plenty of holiday time for anyone. It’s more than almost everyone else gets with a similar salary. If a teacher with a Master’s earns upward of $80,000 a year, three months off a year is pretty good. For a starting teacher making $50,000 a year, it’s monstrous. Most people starting out in a job get two, maybe three weeks a year.