ROTHENBURGER – The other side of the Coun. Denis Walsh vaccination story

‘We shouldn’t fire people with natural immunity, we should hire them.’

— Bill Maher, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

I WAS SITTING in The Vic this week with a friend — the day I aired an editorial on vaccines for City councillors — when a woman came to our table and asked me if Denis Walsh still owned the coffee shop.

I said, yes, he is a co-owner. She wanted to know if he was in the shop. I said no, he didn’t expect to be there that day. I knew this because I’d done a lengthy phone interview with him earlier that morning and he’d mentioned it.

She seemed quite edgy. Then she said it was her understanding that Denis had not been vaccinated for COVID. I said no, Denis hasn’t been vaccinated.

She then said she knew Denis but was “pissed off” about his stand on vaccinations, and left.

When my friend and I were finished our coffees and heading out the door, the woman was there, saying, “One more thing.” That one more thing was, does staff at The Vic check for vaccination cards?

“No, they don’t,” I said. “It’s not required.”


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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3 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – The other side of the Coun. Denis Walsh vaccination story

  1. For the want of a vaccine:
    I can’t imagine what it must be like for doctors and nurses to watch people die of Covid-19 day and night for the last 2 years. They go to work and hope to somehow make a difference to all this madness. Life and death; some live and some die.
    If only there was a way out.
    How many were like me and my siblings who lost two brothers to different types of cancer and because of Covid-19 restrictions, were not able to go to be with them when they died? My twin brother almost begged me to come to be with him; we faced every part of our lives together along the journey in life and in the time of his greatest need, his own twin brother couldn’t be there.
    How many people watched from a distance as their parent(s) died in nursing homes and hospitals from a virus that indiscriminately kills some and yet passes by others?
    In August, I was asked to spend some time with a man who was on his death bed. He had family who couldn’t be with him…….was it by choice or was it because they were not vaccinated and could not have access to the care facility?
    I had never been with a person who was in palliative care. On a desk near his bed was a photo of him standing beside a car that he obviously cherished. He stood, he smiled and now he faced the end of his life.
    I imagined what it would have been like to have been beside my twin brother. He too was once strong and stood beside his wife and kids and grandchildren. Cancer drained the life from him. Would I have held his hand? Would I have read to him? Would I have sung to him? Yet, I had no hesitation for doing those things for a total stranger.
    Yet, orders from our leaders in medicine made rules that people could not be with their loved ones because of a virus and the danger of bringing death to others. For the want of a vaccine; so much pain.
    Yet, people still don’t understand. Yet, people just don’t get it. Yet, every excuse in the world comes from their mouths and minds to try and convince us that it was OK for everybody else to stay at a distance while loved ones died. They don’t want to get vaccinated because it really doesn’t matter.
    What does matter?

  2. If one hopes, pretends, or actually succeeds at representing a group, he must be a very accurate representation of he essence of the group……simple….

  3. Sean McGuinness // October 30, 2021 at 8:54 AM // Reply

    There really is no other side to this story. Irregardless of the studies one chooses to dig up, ALL civic leaders should get vaccinated, and they should encourage everybody else to do the same.
    Mr. Walsh should realize that this isn’t just about himself, it’s about the whole population he and others represent. Period.

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