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.

City's newest public art piece should have good wheels

May 5, 2018 - 5:00am

I CAN HARDLY WAIT for the unveiling of our next major piece of public art, a monument to the volunteers of the 2017 wildfires.

Public art in Kamloops is always like opening a box of Cracker Jacks — we never know what to expect.

I hope it’s something weird and unrecognizable. Those of you who recall my past rantings about public art will think I’ve lost it but bear with me.

We think of statues as written in stone, which sometimes they are, but we have no way of knowing what future or even present generations will do with them, so we have to be careful.

What's the government waiting for on PR referendum?

May 3, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: May 3, 2018 - 10:47am

THE B.C. LEGISLATURE returns to work next week and maybe we’ll finally get some answers about the big referendum on electoral-system change.

The last provincial election was a year ago and John Horgan and the NDP have yet to outline a clear plan for how British Columbians are going to make a decision on continuing with first-past-the-post, or trading it for some form of proportional representation.

If we want free blood, we’ll have to pay for it

May 1, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: May 3, 2018 - 10:13am

KAMLOOPS — SHOULD WE BE PAID for giving our blood?

The very thought of it has long been offensive to our Canadian values. Free blood is regarded as a basic human right, and the people who provide that blood shouldn’t make money off it — or so the argument goes.

And that’s basically the premise behind the introduction of a new bill — the Voluntary Blood Donations Act.

This is tax day and here’s what we get for our money

April 30, 2018 - 5:38am Updated: April 30, 2018 - 11:53am

KAMLOOPS — This is tax day, for most of us, the deadline for filing our income-tax returns. If we’re lucky, we’ll get a little money back from all those deductions during 2017; if not, we’ll be writing cheques.

Certainly not our favourite day of the year, but it’s a good feeling to know that all our hard-earned tax dollars are being spent wisely.

Suzuki row shows risk of relying on corporate funding

April 28, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: April 28, 2018 - 7:48am

SOME OF OUR FRIENDS from next door should take a pill. They’re so over-wrought they’re losing their focus, snapping like a blind dog without a bone.

Albertans are peeved over the Trans Mountain pipeline standoff, and that’s OK. But things got silly this week when a vocal number of them became all agitated over plans by the University of Alberta to give environmentalist David Suzuki an honorary doctorate.

Suzuki, of course, is a staunch and frequent critic of the Alberta tar sands and a strong advocate of alternative energy.