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ROTHENBURGER – Flags, torching the White House & other Canada Day stuff

Let’s clear up a few things that make us different from our friends down south, and make us who we are

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE to talk about Canada and Canada Day this year without discussing our current relationship with the elephant to the south. Borrowing from the words of Pierre Trudeau, the beast is twitching and grunting.

Our two countries have much in common but our differences define us. There are things about American culture we’ll never understand. College marching bands, for example. I’ve always found the fascination of small-town America with college kids dressed in dorky outfits and playing tubas to be truly mystifying.

And as we struggle with the concept of selling wine in grocery stores, I’ll wager it will be a long time before we start seeing beer in our drug stores.

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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 Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

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About Mel Rothenburger (5861 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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