Armchair Mayor

By: Mel Rothenburger

Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). He continued to write columns for The Daily News until it ceased publication Jan. 11, 2014, and did regular commentary for CBC Radio.

Reality of kids’ detention camps needs no exaggeration

June 21, 2018 - 5:08am

KAMLOOPS — MAYBE NOW that Donald Trump has backed off at least a little on the apprehension of children of illegal immigrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border, some of the indignant rhetoric will be reined in.

It’s a terrible situation down there, one manufactured by our friend in the White House, who until Wednesday seemed determined to blame the Democrats for his “zero-tolerance” policy.

Report on sexual misconduct in schools short on details

June 20, 2018 - 6:41am Updated: June 20, 2018 - 11:45am

KAMLOOPS — THE REPORT ON sexual misconduct in district schools says all the right things while at the same time saying very little at all — at least not much that’s new or especially insightful.

The board of education received the report this week after a task force met four times in the wake of complaints earlier in the year that the system had not reacted effectively to two separate allegations of sexual harassment between students.

Boycotting American food products isn't that easy

June 19, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: June 19, 2018 - 10:41am

IT’S NO SLAM DUNK boycotting American food products to get back at Trump.

I took a look in our refrigerator and pantry and found that most of the food in there is from the U.S.

For example, I quit drinking cow’s milk years ago so, unfortunately, I can’t support our dairy industry — the one that Donald Trump gets so mad about. I’ve never thought about where my almond milk is made, until now. Turns out it comes from Colorado.

Why civic politics is actually a step up from provincial

June 16, 2018 - 5:00am

IS BEING AN MLA really a step up from civic politics? I’ve never thought so, but the traditional thinking is that it is.

The subject comes to mind with the announcement this week that NDP MLA Leonard Krog will run for mayor of Nanaimo in the Oct. 20 civic election. He’s hedging his bets — he’ll continue as MLA for Nanaimo and if he loses the mayoral race he’ll carry on in the Legislature.

In other words, being an MLA is second best and only a backup job as far as he’s concerned.

Temporary gas shortage gives us a glimpse into the future

June 14, 2018 - 5:01am Updated: June 14, 2018 - 11:27am

KAMLOOPS — The gasoline shortage hasn’t been causing much inconvenience this week because only a few stations are affected but it gets you thinking about the future.

The current shortage is, we’re told, caused by a maintenance shutdown at a Petro-Canada-Suncor refinery in Edmonton that took much longer than it was supposed to.

Putting candidates’ names on ballots in random order

June 13, 2018 - 7:39am Updated: June 13, 2018 - 11:09am

KAMLOOPS — A few years ago I suggested that Kamloops City council cut its size from nine members to seven — six councillors and a mayor. Other cities have done it.

A smaller council would be cheaper to run and more efficient, I said. The only point of having a larger council is to have a couple of extra people taking up space at council meetings — sometimes not saying much — and attending public events.

Like father like son, standing up to the American bully

June 11, 2018 - 5:25am Updated: June 11, 2018 - 11:21am

KAMLOOPS — IT WOULD BE so easy to blame Justin Trudeau for the blow-up of the G7 economic conference, to say it’s all his fault that everything fell apart after Donald Trump jumped on an airplane to Singapore.

But only Trump is to blame for his latest temper tantrum. The man is a braggart, a liar, a narcissist and a bully.