ROTHENBURGER – Frootloops council meets to slash budget before Christmas


Frootloops council elves settle in for their last meeting before Christmas, oops Holiday Season, fiddling with their Zoom audios and visuals as His Wordship Ken Kringle prepares to call them to order.

MAYOR KRINGLE: Call the meeting to order please. Order, please. Where did Coun. Kathy Sleighbells go? Coun. Watchdog, please press your mute button.

COUN. DENIS WATCHDOG: Sorry, your Battleship, I thought it was a moot button. Is this better?

MAYOR KRINGLE: I meant turn your mute on, not off. We prefer not having to listen to you talking about the Trans Mountaintops pipeline and all that stuff.

COUN. KATHY SLEIGHBELLS: I’m here, Your Readership, sorry about that. The e-bike ran out of juice on the way home and I haven’t ordered in my Skip The Dishes yet.

COUN. MIKE O’ROOKIE: Your Warship, I wonder if maybe we could find another venue for our meetings. The parking is great for these Zoom chats but I have trouble figuring out whose turn it is to speak. Why can’t we move back to St. Andrews on the Loops where we met last year?

DAVE TOBOGGAN, Chief Administrative Honcho: Your Ownership, if I may, St. Andrews on the Loops isn’t available. Apparently, they’ve been booked solid without our help. Guess we blew that one.

COUN. DIETER DICKENS: Supplemental, Your Midship.

KRINGLE: Supplemental!!!


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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