One Man's Opinion

By: Doug Collins

One of the good guys

April 16, 2017 - 5:00am

He was one of the good guys. John Dormer passed away this weekend at the age of 72. My association with John started when he was a representative for the then- B.C. Tel. He would pop into the newsroom with that big smile of his, pretty much lighting up the room as he would say something like “How are we doing today?” He was larger than life in many ways. His energy was infectious and he was always able to take a negative and look at it from the other side. I got to know John a bit more on a personal level as well.

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.