COLLINS – Time to get the city back on track
AS A NEWSMAN, controversy and infighting provide great stories. Always something to talk about and you can always find some angle to chase on a slow news day.
But as a long-time Kamloops resident, squabbling is bad for all of us. It prohibits the setting of goals and strategies to reach them. And that’s why the City has to deal with the friction that’s been around for the better part of a year.
It is time to find a common ground that will allow the interests of Kamloops to move ahead.
Much of the problem seems to centre around comments made by then-Mayoralty candidate Reid Hamer-Jackson. Reid campaigned largely on the idea of cleaning up trouble spots, particularly in the west end of the City.
Doug Collins has had a wide background in the broadcast industry, having done virtually every type of news and sports broadcasting, including news anchor, sports play-by-play, and editorialist. His “One Man’s Opinion” aired on TV from 1973- 2013. He retired from his management roles in the station in October, 2018, but continues to write his column. In 2019, Doug was awarded the Freedom of the City.
The “concentration camp” metaphor tops my list for a dysfunctional situation and that happened before the last civic election.