EDITORIAL – Ordering online for Christmas, and waiting, and waiting…


An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

‘TIS THE SEASON for shopping and mine is all done. Let me clarify — my shopping is finished but the job isn’t.

I did most of my shopping online. Easy peasy.

I justified it to myself partly because it’s a way of avoiding crowds without masks, and partly because so many things aren’t available on local shelves.

So, a few key strokes and done. That was weeks ago. The intervening time has been spent looking out the window hoping to see a delivery van. Different items have different expected delivery dates and I’ve discovered those dates are only a suggestion.

I’ve checked progress through tracking numbers pretty much on an hourly basis for more than a month, watching as my parcels move from pickup and from depot to depot, gradually closing in on Kamloops.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former TNRD director and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – Ordering online for Christmas, and waiting, and waiting…

  1. walter Trkla // December 27, 2022 at 6:18 AM // Reply

    Thanks for shopping online a great way to kill local employment and the city taxpayer.

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