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EDITORIAL – Thanks, Coun. Tina Lange, from the thoughtful people out there

Coun. Lange walks with Barnhartvale residents concerned about pedestrian safety in 2013.

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

POLITICIANS ARE THE least respected and most maligned people in the country.

We love to disparage them but, cripes, can’t we have the decency to wish them well when they retire?

Tina Lange has served on Kamloops City council since 2005 but she’s announced she won’t run again because she wants to travel and spend more time with family.

Instead of offering her a few kind words and thanks for her years of civic service, the social media trolls celebrated with taunts of good riddance. It was shameful.

On a personal note, I’ve known Lange for many years since I worked with her at The Daily News, and since then in various other roles. Currently, I have the pleasure of sitting beside her every other week at board meetings.

She’s forthright and sardonic. She’s a strong believer in people’s right to express their opinions. On occasion she’s strongly supported mine, for which I’m grateful, and I’ve supported hers.

Not once, in all the years I’ve known Tina, do I recall her complaining about criticisms from the media.

Often, I’ve agreed with her — on Ajax, for example. At other times, I’ve disagreed with her — such as on the parkade at Heritage House and the recent anti-idling bylaw. She often calls a decision “brilliant” when I find it the opposite. That’s par for the course.

But the garbage offered up by her detractors in the wake of her retirement announcement is disgusting.

We need to keep in mind, though, that this isn’t about Tina Lange, it’s about politicians in general and about the angry, nasty people who enjoy being mean-spirited.

We must remember, too, that there are comparatively few of them. A dozen, 50, maybe a hundred out there who try to dominate the local Comments sections. The rest are thoughtful, reasonable folks who’ve come to the fore in the past couple of days to thank Tina Lange for her dedication and leadership.

To which I add my own name.

Mel Rothenburger’s Armchair Mayor editorials appear Mondays through Thursdays on CFJC- TV. His Armchair Mayor column is published Saturdays on ArmchairMayor.ca and CFJC Today. Contact him at mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

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About Mel Rothenburger (6105 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.

9 Comments on EDITORIAL – Thanks, Coun. Tina Lange, from the thoughtful people out there

  1. Cynthia Friedman // July 3, 2018 at 3:29 PM // Reply

    Thank you, Tina Lange, for your dedication and service to Kamloops. You were an honest politician who did a lot of great things for the City.

  2. tony brumell // July 2, 2018 at 11:09 AM // Reply

    i’m sure that there were some very difficult times Tina but you perservered and stuck it out ..Congratulations on a job well done That we all could accomplish as much and make this a better world. Thank you and “Bon Voyage “into the future

  3. “A dozen., 50.maybe a 100, who try to dominate the comments section??? The ccomments section is open to anyone who wants to post, The fact that the same people post all the time hardly indicates they are trying to DOMINATE the comments page, nor does it make them trolls. count me among the people glad to see her go.

    • Mel Rothenburger // July 2, 2018 at 11:12 AM // Reply

      Why is it necessary to insult someone who was elected to serve the City for 13 years? Disagree with decisions, but don’t make it personal. One quality I’ve admired in Coun. Lange is that she doesn’t waffle on issues. She doesn’t try to figure out which way the political wind is blowing before putting up her hand. The safest way to stay on City council is to say as little as possible. Tina has refused to be that kind of a councillor and, yet, has received the support of the voters election after election.

    • So you Renee this comment of your is quite appropriate and appreciated.

  4. Thanks Mel, couldn’t agree with you more. Tina Lange is a solid citizen and represented the voters well. I admired her longevity on Council, her attendance record was “A” plus over the course of 13 years, most of all I am grateful to her for her position on Ajax Mine.
    Tina, enjoy the future, may you check off all your buck list items as time goes on, and a big thanks for doing a great job.

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