One Man's Opinion

By: Doug Collins

Are we wasting money on educational campaigns?

March 21, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — We are spending an awful lot of money these days on educational programs aimed at various things. We are spending a lot trying to educate the public about drug use, about spotting behavior in our kids that could indicate drug use. We spend a lot on various safety programs, about preventing violence and bullying, whether online or in the workplace. We spend a lot trying to convince people to change the way they do things. But often I wonder whether it’s just largely a waste of time.

"Where's the beef?" or "Where's the substance?"

March 14, 2017 - 12:00pm

KAMLOOPS — In less than two months, British Columbians will go to the polls to elect a new government. Whether it will be the incumbent Liberals or one of the other two parties remains to be seen. But so far, based on what we’ve seen, I can’t see how anyone could see anything different than another Liberal government. There are some so-called experts who are calling for it to be a close election, and I understand some polls show that as well. But I can’t see it.

Is Uber the way?

March 12, 2017 - 8:00am

I must say that the idea of ride sharing is intriguing, but I honestly don’t think Uber is for me.

I understand the concept, but I’m not sure I’m keen on hopping into someone else’s car when I don’t know the driver, or how reliable he or she is. The idea of Uber is that you have an app on your phone, and when you’re ready to go somewhere, you get on the app and hail a ride. Someone then pulls up and away you go. And hopefully for less than it costs you for a taxi. It sounds good, and it may work out fine, but I think I will be just as happy to take a good old fashioned cab.

Slaves didn't see America as a land of dreams and opportunity

March 9, 2017 - 8:30am

KAMLOOPS — Comments made by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson this week deserve a response. Dr. Carson was talking about the work ethic of immigrants who came to the New World seeking a new opportunity, coming to Ellis Island, seeing the Statue of Liberty, with the hope of fulfilling their dreams of a new life, a new beginning in a new land. Unfortunately for Dr.

Teachers need to come to the table, too

March 7, 2017 - 7:00am

KAMLOOPS — Now that teachers have a new contract, there will be many more teachers in the classroom come September, and students will be able to learn better and both they and teachers will have more support resources to do a better job. Although it took a long time to get this resolved, and several court cases in favour of the teachers, it has now happened and it’s time to get on with things.

To my friends on social media

March 5, 2017 - 9:00am

KAMLOOPS — I have embraced social media as much as a non-technical person can. I don’t know all the ins and outs of hashtags and analytics and the finer points of how it all works. I have people who work with me who are constantly trying to teach me to do the job better. I’m not totally ignorant technically. But some of the things on Facebook and Twitter, and the other social things like Instagram and SnapChat drive me crazy. I don’t know what it means when something is “trending”. Is that good or bad? I don’t know why I would put something up that indicates my Feeling/Activity level.

Immigrants shouldn't be profiled

February 28, 2017 - 8:05am

KAMLOOPS — I was doing my usual early morning surfing of the Internet this morning when I came across the latest video from Conservative leadership candidate Kelly Leitch. It’s about a disturbing (at least to me) idea she has about screening all immigrants, and having them all subjected to a face to face meeting with Immigration officials to ensure they agree to “Canadian values”. She suggests that we in Canada have some values that are based on hard work, and a “unified Canadian identity”, whatever that is. She also talks about our values of tolerance and freedom.