One Man's Opinion

By: Doug Collins

To heck with the protocol

June 11, 2017 - 12:00pm

KAMLOOPS —It hasn’t taken John Horgan long to want to grasp the reins of power in British Columbia. Shortly after the election, Horgan was all smiles and congeniality, having led his party to a moral, if not outright victory by denying the Liberals another majority government. Then he and Andrew Weaver talked, and the Green Party agreed to support the NDP in trying to run a minority government. Remember, this is not a coalition, but simply an agreement of support, which is certainly more beneficial to the NDP, and Horgan would be “the man”. So he’s now two for two.

Fentanyl crisis could hamper good Samaritans

June 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS — So the question is- you see someone lying in the street, obviously in distress. Maybe they’re not breathing. Maybe they are unconscious. You aren’t sure what to do. Your first response is to try and help. You call 911. The person on the line suggests you perform CPR. But you see some white powder on the person’s clothing. You think it might be fentanyl. Now you think perhaps the victim has suffered an overdose. You worry you might be exposed to the opioid. So you do nothing.

Tiger's DUI arrest part of a growing problem

June 4, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — If we believe everything we’ve been told so far, Tiger Woods was arrested for driving under the influence because he had been taking prescription drugs prior to driving. We won’t know for sure for a couple of weeks until toxicology tests come back, but if it turns out that’s what the problem was, it points out a growing concern among law officials over how to deal with people driving under the influence of substances other than alcohol.

Still too early to determine the pot landscape

May 28, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — While it is true that the criminal prohibition of marijuana has failed to protect our kids and communities, that doesn’t necessarily justify completely legalizing its recreational use. Bill Blair is the man appointed by Prime Minister Trudeau to manage the government’s legislation, and the words I used in the first line are his. He has some significant background on the issue, having served as the police chief of Canada’s largest city.

What's in a tourism brand?

May 21, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — It may take me a while to “get” the new logo from Tourism Kamloops. The new logo was unveiled at a social get together this week. “Boldly Unscripted” is the new moniker for the city’s tourism effort. I am not sure what that means. Maybe it will take me a while to figure it out, and it may become more clear once the rest of the campaign is unveiled. It does make me think, and that’s good.

How civil was the provincial election?

May 14, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Not very, if you want One Man’s Opinion.

I mentioned during the campaign how much I hated attack ads. Some thought they served a purpose. Maybe they do. Some people may even like them. I don’t. I believe firmly that our lack of civility towards each other is a leading cause of disruption in our world today. I have spent much time studying the negative impacts of uncivil behavior, and it’s shocking to see how many problems are created because we’ve forgotten how to be civil.

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