EDITORIAL – As the winter muck recedes, rainbow crosswalk emerges

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

AN INTERESTING SIGHT is emerging from the winter snow between the Kamloops Museum and St. Andrew’s on the Square.

It still has a coat of dirt from the past few months of weather, but soon the rainbow crosswalk with shine again. What was, only last year, the subject of controversy, will be just another easily recognizable landmark in the downtown core.

When the proposal for the crosswalk was being debated last summer, there were concerns about location and about the cost, which was first estimated at around $10,000 but came in at $6,000.

And, of course, there were those who didn’t like the idea at all. Give Kamloops Pride a crosswalk and the first thing you know, everybody will want one, they said.


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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