THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING BETTER to spend money on than what it’s actually being spent on.
Each and every day, somebody is demanding that more money be spent on something important to them. We like to say you can’t fix anything by throwing money at it but the fact is, yes you can.
Always, of course, there’s the question of priorities. What needs to be fixed first?
The answer to that question is as varied as there are needs.
It’s important to remember that the health of a society depends on more than finding a cure for cancer or poverty. We need to nurture our physical and mental health, our sense of wellness and engagement.
It’s hard to find room on our agendas for what we tend to consider the non-essentials, but those non-essentials are crucial to life.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.