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.

Drivers are behaving badly in Victoria West construction zone

April 18, 2019 - 6:30am

KAMLOOPS — If YOU HAVEN’T HAD the dubious pleasure of running the Victoria Street West gauntlet during rush hour this week, here’s a tip — keep your wits about you.

Work is underway on what promises to be a two-year root canal, traffic-wise. The City has done everything possible to warn people, reduce the inconvenience, and keep traffic moving but it’s obvious it’s a near-impossible task.

Money for refrigerators would be better spent on electric cars

April 16, 2019 - 5:00am Updated: April 16, 2019 - 10:58am

MY QUESTION ABOUT TAX GRABS last week brought a lot of helpful responses. I suggested that the federal government’s carbon tax didn’t qualify — others disagreed.

The most common definition of a tax grab favoured by those who responded seems to be that any time a government takes our money and doesn’t use it for the purpose for which it was intended, that’s a tax grab.

Encyclopedia of old gets no respect, but people still read

April 13, 2019 - 6:57am

ALMOST FIVE YEARS AGO, I began reading my pristine 1968 edition of The American People’s Encyclopedia. I bought it from a door-to-door salesman after I got my first full-time job at a newspaper in Prince George 51 years ago.

It seemed like a good idea at the time, one of those things every journalist needed. It was also a sort of rite of passage towards maturity, right up there with renting an apartment and buying my first car.

Sad fact is that the answer to opioid crisis eludes us

April 10, 2019 - 5:24am Updated: April 10, 2019 - 11:34am

FRUSTRATION WITH what seems like the losing battle against opioid addiction was obvious Tuesday when Interior Health representatives talked to Kamloops City council.

Councillors aren’t drug-addiction experts and can’t be expected to have the answers, but it’s clear Interior Health hasn’t found them yet, either. Forty-eight people died in Kamloops of overdoses last year.

Mayor Ken Christian suggested that if the discussion was about someone dying in a swimming pool, on a hockey rink or in a crosswalk, “we would be all over it.”

City is dragging its feet on replacing stolen plaques

April 9, 2019 - 6:30am Updated: April 9, 2019 - 11:00am

KAMLOOPS — SPRING HAS SPRUNG and the nicer weather inevitably encourages the graffiti vandals to renew their destructive pastime.

They recently tagged an important piece of public art called the Raven’s Nest in Riverside Park. The Raven’s Nest was created during an art symposium in 2002.

Fortunately, the Graffiti Task Force is on the ball and has already cleaned the paint off the Raven.