‘SO PRAY TELL US MEL, what neighbourhood would be good for social housing? Let me guess… the North Shore right?”
That’s what Gail Paton thought of my editorial this week in which I contended that the hotel-motel row on Columbia Street West is the wrong place for social housing.
As is your prejudice against senior citizens, ma’am. But these two comments, which were among dozens in reaction to the column, sum up a couple of common threads. One is that any suggestion that Columbia Street West is the wrong place for social housing must by NIMBYism.
The other is that because the North Shore has received so much social housing, it’s about time the South Shore got more, too. Presumably, Columbia Street West is just fine.
I concluded quite a while ago that some people read opinion pieces without really reading them.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to 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.