One Man's Opinion

By: Doug Collins

Horror in residential schools needs resolution

April 3, 2017 - 8:00am

KAMLOOPS — I read with interest yesterday the raising of a Reconciliation totem pole at UBC, a lasting reminder of a horrible time in our history, the time of the Residential School system that was a defining moment, not only of the history of the First Nations, but of those who built the schools, perhaps with the thought that teaching the “savages” the white man’s culture was the way to go.

Can anyone tell me what the parties stand for?

March 28, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — I’ve said before I hate attack ads. The Teachers started one last week blasting the Liberals for years of what they say are longstanding cuts to B.C.’s education system. Others are blasting the NDP and running at John Horgan. None of these campaigns does much for me, because they don’t address the heart of the issue. And the issue is- what do you really stand for? What will you do that will make your party worth voting for? Why would the Liberals want to run at a guy who most people in B.C. don’t even know?

No hope for those on limited income

March 26, 2017 - 1:00pm

KAMLOOPS — If the provincial and federal budgets released over the past month are any indication, those on fixed or limited income have no hope of ever getting their heads above water. I honestly don’t know how we deal with the financial crises we face as a country. While some, such as B.C.’s budget, involve a surplus, most forecast dire deficits. Alberta and Saskatchewan joined the federal governments in dealing with significant deficits. We can’t seem to spend within our means.

Media under attack

March 24, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — A recent report from the group Cision suggests the public’s trust in the media is continuing to fall. Their 2017 State of the Media report indicates 91 per cent of respondents feel the media is less trusted than it was just three years ago. While 92 per cent of reporters surveyed said being right is more important that being first, there is strong evidence that more journalists are choosing speed over accuracy. No one wants to be second.

Are we wasting money on educational campaigns?

March 21, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — We are spending an awful lot of money these days on educational programs aimed at various things. We are spending a lot trying to educate the public about drug use, about spotting behavior in our kids that could indicate drug use. We spend a lot on various safety programs, about preventing violence and bullying, whether online or in the workplace. We spend a lot trying to convince people to change the way they do things. But often I wonder whether it’s just largely a waste of time.

"Where's the beef?" or "Where's the substance?"

March 14, 2017 - 12:00pm

KAMLOOPS — In less than two months, British Columbians will go to the polls to elect a new government. Whether it will be the incumbent Liberals or one of the other two parties remains to be seen. But so far, based on what we’ve seen, I can’t see how anyone could see anything different than another Liberal government. There are some so-called experts who are calling for it to be a close election, and I understand some polls show that as well. But I can’t see it.

Is Uber the way?

March 12, 2017 - 8:00am

I must say that the idea of ride sharing is intriguing, but I honestly don’t think Uber is for me.

I understand the concept, but I’m not sure I’m keen on hopping into someone else’s car when I don’t know the driver, or how reliable he or she is. The idea of Uber is that you have an app on your phone, and when you’re ready to go somewhere, you get on the app and hail a ride. Someone then pulls up and away you go. And hopefully for less than it costs you for a taxi. It sounds good, and it may work out fine, but I think I will be just as happy to take a good old fashioned cab.

Slaves didn't see America as a land of dreams and opportunity

March 9, 2017 - 8:30am

KAMLOOPS — Comments made by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson this week deserve a response. Dr. Carson was talking about the work ethic of immigrants who came to the New World seeking a new opportunity, coming to Ellis Island, seeing the Statue of Liberty, with the hope of fulfilling their dreams of a new life, a new beginning in a new land. Unfortunately for Dr.