EDITORIAL: Glimmer of hope right here amid maelstrom
The world economy remains mired in debt and doubt.
It seems the recession will not end, with daily news updates on the latest country to hit the brink.
The sad state of financial affairs was never more evident than this week, when B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon released an austere budget, the tightest document to be released in Victoria since the tough times of the early 1980s, which featured the Social Credit government staring down a powerful Solidarity union movement.
While this maelstrom continues to dominate global markets, there may be no better place to live than in Kamloops.
The Highland Valley Copper mine will see a significant number of employees retire soon.
The City of Kamloops has a good number of workers now and/or soon eligible for retirement.
That void, coupled with educational opportunities right here to learn the skills needed for the various jobs that will need to be filled, makes the Tournament Capital a rather desirable place to reside.
Yes, times are tough, even here, but there are not a lot of cities that offer such opportunity in various fields.
Consider the job of city chief administrative officer.
Randy Diehl is retiring on May 1 and the job posting has brought 49 resumes flying into city hall.
No doubt the compensation — at last report, Diehl earned close to $200,000 a year — has caught the eye of many.
But, so, too, has the myriad benefits of living in Kamloops.
It’s a rough, rough world out there right now.
Sometimes it is necessary to realize how fortunate we are, relative to many more.