One Man's Opinion

By: Doug Collins

Is the false message worse than the actual threat?

January 17, 2018 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — It has been pretty scary to watch Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea trade insults and threats over the past few months. The question of which one of them has the biggest ego and wants to be first to push the button of no return has been, I’m sure, the subject of much betting in the bookies’ lairs throughout the continent. We have two leaders, both of whom are capable of taking a chance on a third World War. But these past few days, an even scarier situation has arisen.

Is the dilemma of the old Brass Kettle building the result of poor city planning?

January 9, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: January 9, 2018 - 5:44am

KAMLOOPS — As this is being written, there has been no cause established for a fire Friday night that destroyed the home of the old Brass Kettle Restaurant at the intersection of Pacific Way and Hugh Allan Drive. The building has been vacant for years. In its heyday, the Brass Kettle was a very popular restaurant, but over time, the restaurant closed, and has, except for a few minor resurrections,  stayed that way for many years.

Time for a good dose of civility

January 5, 2018 - 10:05am

KAMLOOPS — The Armchair Mayor and I were talking the other day about the good and bad of social media. We are both totally amazed at the lack of civility shown by people on Twitter, Facebook and web sites by people who 1) have no concept of issues 2) have no solution to offer, just complaints, and 3) the brutal way they attack people they don’t agree with.

Why would rules regarding smoking pot in public be any different than cigarettes?

December 15, 2017 - 5:04am

KAMLOOPS — Short answer- they shouldn’t be. Premier John Horgan said this week that marijuana smokers may have to abide by the same public smoking rules as tobacco users when cannabis becomes legal next year. He seems to leave some doubt, though, that the same rules would be applied.

That’s a weird answer when it’s so obvious that people who are affected by second-hand pot smoke would be at least equally affected as by cigarette smoke, and probably more, given the potential hallucinogenic and other side effects of smoking pot.

Parking at TRU will hopefully get better soon

December 3, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — One can only hope the parking at TRU will soon improve to allow students to actually park on campus to attend classes. I think the University owes a big debt to nearby shopping centres who have been inundated with students parking on their lots while construction has been taking place on campus, clogging roadways, shutting down parking lots, and creating chaos. If I were the owners of the Superstore and Sahali Mall sites, or the Walmart location, I would send a bill to TRU asking for compensation.