ROTHENBURGER – Warning signs are everywhere, and we should heed them

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I mean the physical ones, the kind we can read. We rely on them to tell us where to go, where not to go, what to do and…. what not to do. Suffice it to say, we’d be lost without them.

Yet, when it comes to warning signs — the ones that alert us to possible danger — we apparently ignore them as often as we pay attention to them. There are so many signs that they become white noise.

So when it comes to warning signs, size matters. So do color and graphics.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – Warning signs are everywhere, and we should heed them

  1. Sean McGuinness // August 15, 2022 at 7:43 AM // Reply

    Yes, and largest warning sign of all time goes unheeded. WARNING: Unless CO2 emissions are drastically reduced climate change will bring catastrophic fires, floods, massive storms and ultimately death on a large scale.

  2. Robert George // August 14, 2022 at 7:07 PM // Reply

    In the Western States you don,t ignore signs. If it says road work ahead, there’s road work ahead, and the sign is not 3 miles from the site stating a required speed of 30 miles per hour,or a mile past what as Mel states, the work that just might have happened Work that is actually going on is marked with red cones and there is generally no girls in yellow with their arm stuck out pointing in the direction of the obvious.Yank drivers,unlike most Alberta drivers, seem to know how to conduct themselves accordingly through a fairly simple problem of necessary road work.For those driving from Barriere to Clearwater and back ! Well you have to experience it. .Pipeline protocall rules. Hiway 5, a very busy road and it has as well a very bad bump,and badly marked, halfway to Little Fort . It has been there for many months,unrepaired. I would have gladly asked them to keep their rebate and just use the money to fix the bloody road,
    Oh and by the way Mel, you’re dead on. This time anyway?

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