ROTHENBURGER – Who knew grocery cashiers would be an essential service?

Floor markers and plexiglas shields at Save-On-Foods. (Image: Save-On-Foods, Facebook)

AS I SIT HERE pouting in self isolation, I’m cheered, even inspired, by the heroes of the pandemic.

We always think of doctors and nurses as the heroes, and they certainly are, but the unsung ones are the many who keep working to keep us going.

Such as grocery store cashiers. I have my issues with cashiers at times, but right now I have nothing but admiration for them. All those folks who stock the shelves and do whatever else has to be done to keep us supplied, fed and healthy must be recognized as well. Truck drivers, delivery service folks and pharmacists are among them.

The long list of essential services released by the provincial government a couple of days ago includes the obvious — healthcare services such as hospitals, doctors, social workers and counsellors.


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 and was a 2019 Commentator of the Year finalist in the Webster Awards. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at


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