Two & Out

By: James Peters

The death of Ajax hyperbole

December 15, 2017 - 2:20pm

KAMLOOPS — With the demise of the Ajax project will come the death of a peculiar breed of rheotrical device Kamloops residents have adopted over the past few years.

I call it 'Ajax hyperbole,' and its speakers should qualify as bilingual.

Whether you supported or opposed the mine, chances are you picked it up.

Putting the Armchair Mayor's customer service experience in perspective

December 1, 2017 - 10:48am Updated: December 1, 2017 - 1:46pm

KAMLOOPS — It's impossible to resist a few words in response to the thoughts presented by my colleague the Armchair Mayor earlier this week. 

You may remember he lamented the fact that employees in the service industry, often the young ones, aren't as consistently friendly as they used to be. 

When he was roundly criticized on CFJC's social media feeds, Mel responded with a column saying ageism played a part in the response, and that people aren't very nice to old people. 

It's time for Bill Morneau to step down

November 3, 2017 - 2:53pm

KAMLOOPS — One of the many, many reasons there was good cause to fear the election of Donald Trump was that Trump would simply use the office of president to enrich himself and his family.

Trump is nothing if not obsessed with money and showing he has money, and giving him the reins of power would only give him another platform for self-promotion.

Sure enough, a Washington Post story not long ago described just one example: how Trump's hotel in Washington has become an extension of the meeting space at the White House.

Reaction to Downie's death shows value of arts in Canadian society

October 20, 2017 - 12:15pm

KAMLOOPS — Almost exactly a year ago, we lost Leonard Cohen. 

Canada's unofficial poet laureate had died at the age of 82. 

He had just released an album, You Want it Darker, three weeks before his death. 

Cohen was known worldwide as a writer, a poet first who expressed the feelings of his heart, and somehow spoke to the hearts of a country.