ROTHENBURGER – Crackdown against KFS shows science isn’t everything


FOLLOW THE SCIENCE. That’s been the mantra of those in charge of the strategy to defeat COVID-19 and it’s a good one.

Too many people don’t get that. They refuse to believe the science, mostly because they don’t want to. The science of the pandemic is too disturbing, too restrictive, for them to contemplate.

A lot of that science is irrefutable. We know wearing masks works. So does social distancing and hand washing. Those are the three basics of fighting the disease.

We know that when we ignore those things — such as when we gather too many people in a bar — the virus is quick to take advantage.

We also know a lot about the virus, and how to defeat it with vaccines. It’s a matter of being smart about it, and patient.

But there’s another very important piece to this war — common sense. We need to apply the truth of the science properly, fairly and very carefully. It hasn’t always happened.

The case of the Kamloops Film Society is one of those times.


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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