WHILE I WATCHED last week’s City Council meeting, I couldn’t help but think of the Broadway play, Music Man. A story about the arrival of a pool table in conservative small-town America.
“Friend, either you’re closing your eyes
To a situation you do not wish to acknowledge
Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated
By the presence of a pool table in your community.
Well, ya got trouble my friend, right here,
I say, trouble right here in River City.”
I half expected City Council and senior staff to break out in this song of community perils while discussing raising the fines for non-complying local business owners from $200 to $10,000.
Bill McQuarrie is a Kamloops entrepreneur. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. He tweets @bafflegabbed.