IT’S A SAFE BET Donald Trump has never heard of Kamloops. If he had, he’d probably mispronounce it, then make fun of it.
But we know him. I can’t think of a single way in which the U.S. election has any serious impact on the Loops, and certainly not me personally except for one thing — the vow I made never to set foot on American soil as long as Trump is president, and now I’ll be released from that vow. I’ll be more than happy to visit Biden’s America and spend some money there once the pandemic is manageable.
If Trump had been re-elected, though, life would have gone on pretty much as usual other than travel. But today, Nov. 7, 2020, Biden has thankfully been declared the winner.
Stand on Victoria Street and talk to people about Trump. Of a thousand, 999 of them would have have trouble finding anything good to say about the man.
Step across the border and talk to two people — one of them will think he’s the greatest thing since Abraham Lincoln.
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.