Way back in 1992, I remember encouraging Kevin Krueger to get into politics. We were together at a BC Liberal convention and I was impressed by Kevin's clear and booming voice. At the time, I looked at it as a great asset.
Maybe, Kevin's voice is still an asset. It is just how he uses it that can cause a lot of problems. Kevin had some strong words to people who voted NDP in the recent BC Election. Here is Rod Mickleburgh writing in the Globe and Mail:
Flush with personal victory but angered by the strength of the New
Democrat comeback on election night, Mr. Krueger said no one should
respect the NDP and voters were pathetic to elect some of its members.
"[They] should give their heads a shake," he said, advising NDP voters to hold their MLAs to account.
Kevin's remarks have also been noted by Vaughn Palmer in the Vancouver Sun (Vaughn thinks these comments may just cost Kevin a Cabinet Seat) and, of course, by our own local media. Susan Duncan, editor of the Kamloops Daily News, wrote a column entitled "Could Someone Please Tell Kevin Krueger When Its Time to Shut Up".
Many of his constituents have brought up legitimate concerns that Kevin will not represent them because they publicly supported other parties.
Thing is I think Kevin is often a very gracious and absolutely a very good person. He has an over acute sense of loyalty. And I hope he is seriously considering shifting his sense of loyalty from his political party to his geographic area.
Perhaps, Kevin needs professional counselling to deal with some of these issues. This is not the first time he has made inflammatory remarks. I can't help but think he goes home after these rant fests and kicks himself for minimizing his own hard work and reputation.
All I can say is that the ball is in Kevin's court . He can't have been pleased with all the coverage his election eve comments have generated. I hope he takes the ball and runs with it.
I am always astounded by the general levelof politicaldebate in the United States. Far from illuminating issues and helping folks develop their minds, the mindless and hard hearted head butting usually appeals to the lowest common denominator within people's psyches.
I often hope that this is not always the case or even the rule. That this the right / left war, which we should be way past by this point, is not actually institutionalized.
But, I read some quite depressing today. In order to get into college, American high school students take a test called the SAT. New changes to this test feature an essay section which seems to validate single mindedness and zealotry.
Clive Thompson is quite an amazing researcher and writer and I found this information on his blog. Clive references other writers in the New York Times when he says:
The interesting thing is, this delirious embrace of opinions -- and
wanton disregard for offering proof of your statements -- isn't just
the province of politicians and ideologues. It's now being taught to
students, as part of the "new SAT". In the new version of the test, the
old analogies have been dropped in favor of a 25-minute essay, in which
students must instantly state and defend their position on a hot-button
Started seriously working on a new business venture today. Secured committments from 4 sponsors (out of 12 needed) for the Kamloops Doctors News - a print newsletter especially for Doctors in Kamloops. There will also be a web site and my hope is that Doctors will really like getting their quarterly update online.
Life is just too fun.
More soon on how friends I met through technology are enabling me to get this project off the ground!