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.

Suddenly, the election in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo is very interesting

April 24, 2019 - 5:02am

KAMLOOPS — THERE REALLY SHOULD BE a recovery program for ex-politicians, one that gradually weans them off the compulsive need to be in the limelight.

Terry Lake is the latest to try to quit, and to relapse. The former B.C. health minister took to social media Tuesday announcing he’ll seek the Liberal nomination for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo in this fall’s federal election.

He will, of course, get the party’s nomination with little, if any, opposition. What Liberal wouldn’t want a star candidate like Lake to take on incumbent Conservative MP Cathy McLeod?

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.