FOULDS: Familiar faces unmasked in Kamloops

Just when they thought they were out, they pulled them back in.

With apologies to that memorable line uttered by Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in The Godfather Part III, the inescapability of being tied to a particular career is a reality for some.

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Consider Terry Sullivan, the retired/unretired superintendent of the Kamloops-Thompson school district. He spent 15 year at the helm of the school district when he retired to well deserved fanfare in 2014. Sullivan was a much admired rock in the often turbulent world of education. Since he walked away from running a school district covering an area the size of Belgium, Sullivan has kept busy in various education endeavours, including a teaching gig at TRU.

With current superintendent Alison Sidow set to retire on Aug. 31, and with the board of education still searching for a permanent successor, it turned to Sullivan to help steer the course for the next year.

He began his overtime period as superintendent this week and news of his return was greeted with many well wishers on KTW’s social media channels. The local teachers’ union also gave Sullivan’s return a hearty thumb’s up, as was detailed in a recent Kamloops This Week story.

Sullivan is the second blast from the past to unretire and help lead a familiar ship.

Earlier this year, Randy Diehl, the former longtime CAO of the City of Kamloops, was hired as interim CAO of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to replace ousted CAO Sukh Gill. Diehl did a solid job, based on many with whom KTW spoke, and this week handed the office keys to incoming CAO Scott Hildebrand, who had been CAO of the City of Merritt.

Like New York Yankee managers in the George Steinbrenner era, it might be wise to say, “See you later,” rather than “Goodbye” to retiring CAOs in the Kamloops region.

After all, sooner or later, they will likely get an offer they can’t refuse.

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The mask debate continues to rage.

In last week’s edition of KTW, we published — one from a reader explaining why she wears a mask in public and one from a reader explaining why she does not wear a mask.

While we have no time for those who subscribe to paranoid COVID-19 conspiracy theories involving a New World Order, Bill Gates and 5G networks, there is room for debate.

If a letter writer has a reasoned response to the mask mandate — as last week’s letter writer did — it is worth listening to and debating.

We can disagree with her — I certainly do — but that should not preclude her from expressing, in reasonable terms, why she feels the way she does.

This week, we are publishing two letters in response to the anti-mask missive.

But let’s be clear — there are indeed differing medical opinions on the effectiveness of masks in preventing infection from the novel coronavirus.

And even people and organizations that initially stated that wearing masks was ineffective — among them Dr. Anthony Fauci (America’s head immunologist, Dr. Theresa Tam (Canada’s top doctor) and the World Health Organization — have since reversed course, based on ongoing evidence, which is what good medical health professionals and scientists do.

Rigidity to a belief can be dangerous.

Nevertheless, if one does not believe in the efficacy of masks with respect to the coronavirus, one can choose not to patronize the stores that require customers to wear masks.

It is no different from businesses requiring one to don shoes and shirts to receive service.

editor@kamloopsthisweek.com

Twitter: @ChrisJFouds

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