Two & Out

By: James Peters

Rage all you want; our society is changing

August 18, 2017 - 12:31pm Updated: August 18, 2017 - 3:34pm

KAMLOOPS — There may be no stronger force known to humanity than the force of societal change. 

Our society will evolve in the face of all efforts to the contrary. 

For too many, the idea of a changing society is viewed from a moralistic standpoint: is this change right or wrong? 

Good or bad? 

Should it be encouraged or stopped? 

Enjoy Ribfest... or don't

August 11, 2017 - 2:30pm Updated: August 11, 2017 - 5:12pm

KAMLOOPS — Dr. Michael Mehta is a reasonable man.

An expert in his field of environmental studies, he presents a unique perspective that not all of us hold, but he deserves to be heard nonetheless. 

He's not off his rocker, as some online comments seemed to suggest after he recommended this week that the Rotary Ribfest planned for this weekend in Riverside Park be called off

Wildfires part of the rent we pay for living in paradise

July 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

KAMLOOPS — When I was young, growing up on the prairies, BC was a mythical place.

The rugged mountains and pristine lakes were the stuff of postcards and TV fishing shows, not real life.

Then, my family visited BC a couple of times before I was 12 years old, and for the first time, I could see that it was real.

My childish question became, "Why doesn't everyone live here?"

Why do smokers get to litter?

July 7, 2017 - 4:30pm

KAMLOOPS — There are many, many things in the world to make a reasonable person angry these days. 

The list seems to be getting longer every week, with white supremacists taking top spot to kick off July.

But nothing is so infuriating, so viscerally maddening as a cigarette butt tossed aside in an act of wanton carelessness. 

Keeping bylaw officers unarmed best choice in the long run

June 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The City of Kamloops is overhauling its bylaw department to make it a kinder, gentler group of professionals dedicated to implementing and enforcing the rules city council sets in stone. 

It's renaming the department to remove the word 'enforcement,' in an attempt to reflect that enforcement should be the last step in dealing with an issue of non-compliance. 

While BC parents save their pennies, Alberta government funds playgrounds

June 10, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Finally, a government appears to understand something about what a young child needs when he or she goes to school. 

It's not just about smaller classes and adequate teaching resources. 

The Alberta government announced last week that it will spend $20 million over the next four years on playgrounds.