EDITORIAL – Seniors shouldn’t complain about a few hundred dollars


An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

NO MATTER HOW MUCH money is handed out during this COVID-19 pandemic, it will never be enough. Businesses want more, students want more, parents want more, the unemployed want more and now the seniors want more.

The announcement yesterday of a one-time $300 grant for those on Old Age Security and an additional $200 for those on the Guaranteed Income Supplement has been greeted with a distinct lack of enthusiasm by seniors’ advocates.

It’s not enough, they say. And, true, it’s not going to change anyone’s life.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to 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 EDITORIAL – Seniors shouldn’t complain about a few hundred dollars

  1. R A George // May 16, 2020 at 2:36 PM // Reply

    My parents once told me my first words were at the dinner table and they were” ANY MORE”.My question is,to whom is the country in debt to? By the time this latest unpleasant experience is over we’ll be in debt approaching the 300 billion mark. That’s a lotta lolly.And that,s just us. How about the rest of the world? The USA owed trillions before Covid and Canadians have more personal debt than any other western nation.It is of course all insanity. Credit cards were a wonderful invention by the banks to keep the populace forever in debt.
    I hear the statement by fools of ” going back to the way it was”. Give your head a shake. It ain,t gonna happen. Air Canada is 95% less. Are not those skys blue these days.I personally hope it stays THIS way,minus Covid. But it won,t. ANY MORE?

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