EDITORIAL – Flag debate – making the world a more complicated place

Kamloops Pride members at City Hall in 2017. (Image: Facebook, Kamloops Pride)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

IT’S TRUE THE WORLD is more complicated than it used to be but that’s because we make it that way.

In the old days, a community group would ask for its flag to be hoisted on the pole outside City Hall during its “week.” The mayor would go outside and raise the flag and have a picture taken with the group.

Because of the contentious political opinions of some of those groups, council later decided to do away with the practice and reserve it for visiting delegations and such.

Then, last year there was some negative media coverage when Kamloops Pride’s request to fly its flag during the Pride Parade was turned down due to the policy.

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – Flag debate – making the world a more complicated place

  1. R A George // June 29, 2018 at 12:09 AM // Reply

    I for one am getting really tired of the gay pride bit. I just wish they would get on with their lives like the rest of us.

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