ROTHENBURGER – Five important things Kamloops must get done in 2020

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS have never been much of a thing with me. I tend to make them as easy as possible in order to avoid failure.

In 2020, for example, I will vow to pay more attention to myself. I get this from Facebook, where daily I read the self-congratulations of people who feel they deserve credit for having gotten through some kind of challenge and now must treat themselves better.

On the other end of the scale are those who are perpetually self-satisfied, who feel the need to tell the world about their latest accomplishment, such as picking out the correct coffee maker for their kitchen or paint colour for their living room.

So, at least once a week, or whenever, I promise to splurge on a latte for myself, and on a really crazy day I will add a chocolate croissant, warmed up.

And I will, of course, continue to offer my wisdom on how to make the world a better place. Here at home, for example, there are five big things Kamloops must do in 2020, and I’ll tell you what they are, in no particular order.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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4 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – Five important things Kamloops must get done in 2020

  1. Mel is exactly right. They got the capital cost down by discarding the parking and moving all the office space into the annex building donated by Mr. Fawcett. The result is the parking costs are offloaded; we now have the additional operating burden of maybe as much as half a million a year for the neighbouring office structure. Those cost, rather than being broken out and reported as the subsidy it will be in good part, will be buried in the general operating costs for city facilities. So, good luck with the promise of no tax increase (owing to the TCC debt retirement). We will surely need to borrow for a new downtown parkade. As to the details of how the building will work, and what it will looks like, that’s all between donor Mr. Fawcett and the Chilliwack architecture firm of CHP, On their website, CHP proudly declares that they have been selected to design the new Kamloops Performing Arts Centre. Guaranteed, we will not see much detail until we pony up the big bucks. To learn more, and express your views, check out the City of Kamloops website, Let’s talk Arts Centre Referendum. There is precious little from the proponents, but plenty of pointed questions.

    • You may make your choice to vote once every 4 years but beyond that, pay your taxes and trust those who make the decisions for us.
      It is easier that way.

  2. Apparently I am not the only one with plenty of feedback…particularly on the second point!

  3. Richard Delmar Lodmell // December 28, 2019 at 9:46 AM // Reply

    Rothenburger’s admission that Ajax is a work in progress is a good start, he should now start to deal with his denial.

    The fee simple land title court case against KGHM-Ajax, the provincial and federal governments, is being settled in Supreme court. It is not the purview of protest groups or Mine Watch, a George Soros NGO, to stop mining. Protests are good business for news media outlets though.

    The community funding from KGHM-Ajax should be placed directly into the community, out of the hands of an anti-industry city council.

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