ONE OF THE TOUGHEST THINGS politicians have to do is apologize when they say something dumb.
One point of view is that you should never apologize. Another is that if you apologize, do it quickly.
At Tuesday’s City council meeting, a notice of motion will be discussed that proposes the City look into building a complex-care facility at the old Rayleigh Correctional Centre property — or some other appropriate location — for homeless suffering from addictions and mental challenges.
Coun. Dale Bass says she’s supposed to stay objective until the motion comes forward but has already decided she’ll vote against it.
“I’m not the least bit objective about creating a concentration camp out in Rayleigh,” was the way she put it during an interview with Brett Mineer on CHNL last week.
She’s right about one thing — she should have kept an open mind until the debate, at which time she could ask proper questions about her misgivings. Who knows, they might have been answered to her satisfaction.
She’s wrong, however, about something else, and that’s referring to the idea as a concentration camp.
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.