ROTHENBURGER: ‘Just plain evil’ columnist contemplates his fan mail


MY FRIEND Jack Knox, a best-selling author and award-winning newspaper columnist, has a January tradition of collecting some of his favourite insults from among those directed at him by his faithful readers.

Among his choices from 2019 are one calling him “a sad piece of work” and another wishing him “a horrible, horrible life.” Someone else advised him, “Don’t waste money on haircuts, it’s not working for you.”

If someone of Jack’s calibre can be the object of such admiration, I feel better about my own fan base, and have chosen a winner in the all-new Trash Mel Sweepstakes.


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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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER: ‘Just plain evil’ columnist contemplates his fan mail

  1. You should publish this stuff as you get it and we can all have a chuckle every day.

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