ONE OF THE TOUGHEST QUESTIONS we ask our politicians is, “What is your vision for Kamloops?”
More often than not, the response has something to do with a clean, safe city with good amenities and well-paying jobs. When was the last time a politician said, “I really think we need more street crime, litter and graffiti, and we should bring in more minimum-wage employment and close down some parks”?
The real test of vision, though, comes in the details.
Elected leaders and residents alike are asked from time to time to put their money where their vision is. Sometimes they pass the test, sometimes they fail. Sometimes, too, vision is as much about saying no to something as saying yes.
The proposed farmer’s market building at the entrance to Riverside Park is one such vision that divides people. An informal survey was released this week on what people think about it and I’ll get to that in a minute.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.