ROTHENBURGER – Answer to the question, ‘Do politicians have feelings?’

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TWENTY-SEVEN residents of Kamloops are heading for a whole lot of hurt.

For 24 of them, it will hit them hard on Saturday night, Sept. 30. That’s when they’ll receive their rejection slips from the electorate.

Some will miss the prize by a whisker. Others will be soundly repudiated.

It’s hard to know which is worse — thinking about what almost was, or realizing it never could have been.

Right now, most of the 27 — a scant few have had enough taste of politics to already know how it works — are just beginning to figure out how much they don’t know, how naïve they were when they decided to collect some signatures and submit their nomination papers last month.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published regularly on CFJC Today and he appears Wednesdays on the CFJC-TV evening news with his Armchair Mayor commentary. Contact him at

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