Letter to the Editor

Questionable comments I really enjoyed Genesee Keevil’s Making tracks at 810 Wheeler story in Friday’s Yukon News.

Questionable comments

I really enjoyed Genesee Keevil’s Making tracks at 810 Wheeler story in Friday’s Yukon News.

It is very interesting to look into the eyes of a dealer, and for them to understand they are not welcome in the Yukon.

But the part that made me nervous was when Mr. Ouellet claimed he has done coke with many lawyers and RCMP officers while in business.

Snorting coke with cops while they are supposed to protect us?

That’s very scary and puts more lack of trust in our already dysfunctional RCMP.

A question comes to mind though: Are officers screened monthly or every two months for drugs in their systems? Would be interesting if the commander of the M Division responded.

It’s hard to kick out drugs in our community, if the dealers are smoking or snorting it with law enforcement.

Jenete Hadler

Marsh Lake

Poorly thought out

Re: Making tracks at 810 Wheeler:

As a parent and worker in the health-care field I am disgusted with the article in Friday’s Yukon News regarding 810 Wheeler.

Was there nothing better to write about than a drug dealer who lives with his mom and sister at the age of 41 and who talks about how he has no regrets pumping cocaine into his arms so much his veins don’t work anymore?

The article seemed to glamorize dealing drugs. When he did deal he could make up to $4,000 a day, and you don’t think people of any age will look at that and think ‘WOW, that would be great!’

I personally like, “I don’t deal to anyone under 19.” Do you ask for ID at the door? I don’t think so.

And for you not to be ashamed of your career choice — so you’re happy you missed out being a motocross racer or missed out making a professional out of yourself, going to work earning money you actually deserve.

I find it really hard to believe that someone would choose that sort of life over a life with a child, and you say the drugs didn’t take control of you … so how do you tell a parent with a child using cocaine bought from you that cocaine shouldn’t take ahold of an innocent life?

This article was so out of place in the paper. To me it was a worthless article written by staff at the Yukon News.

To be proud that you have pumped $250,000 dollars worth of drugs into your useless veins and to live to tell about it is worse!

A lot of people who work and support their family deserve that money that you just p#$% away into your body.

The Yukon News should think a bit more about how the articles you write come across to the public, especially the young public that may be reading your article.

Colleen Benoit

Whitehorse

A better way

Open letter to Chris Ouellet:

Hi, my name is Anne and I am an addict.

The only difference between us is that I am clean, free of drugs and in a recovery program.

I was filled with sorrow when I read the article on you. I know no matter how we try and make it look or sound — no one wants to live like that.

There is a better way. There is a solution.

All you have to do is reach out and there will be people to help you. Please come and join us. There is no better answer than one addict helping another.

Narcotics Anonymous meetings are on Fridays at 7 p.m. at the Yukon Family Services Bldg. at 4071-4th Ave.

An addict

Superficial coverage

Your article Making tracks at 810 Wheeler (the News, July 27) is a great example of why I never read the Yukon News.

I find your articles to be either irresponsible, superficial or boring.

Your interview with Chris Ouellet was a pathetic excuse to increase readership, which in my case worked because of my morbid curiosity.

A whole page dedicated to a narcissistic drug dealer, I am not sure who you are being crueler to, Chris Ouellet or our community.

Ouellet responded in this interview as any person would who has not hit rock bottom. He justified his last 20 years as a triumph because alcohol did not kill him and he does not sell to minors.

Meanwhile Ouellet’s daughter has a dead mother and a loser dad. I can only imagine how much pain Ouellet’s daughter will face in her life because of the choices her parents made.

If you are going to start covering the dark side of Whitehorse, you have many people on the street to interview who don’t have control over the drugs they do.

Do not forget the children with alcoholic and drug-addicted parents, of whom Whitehorse has plenty.

Please don’t just glaze over this issue.

Jake Derksen

Whitehorse

Take northerners’ taxes seriously

Open letter to Premier Dennis Fentie, Minister of Finance:

The federal government’s Northern Residents Tax Deduction was created in 1987 to offset the high cost of living in Canada’s northern territories and remote parts of the provinces.

Residents of Zone A, which includes the three territories, are entitled to a basic residency amount of $7.50 per day, plus an additional amount of $7.50 if they are the only person in a household claiming the deduction, as well as a travel deduction.

Because this deduction is not indexed to the cost of living, the relative value to northern residents has declined significantly over the past 20 years.

In February 2006, the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories voted to ask the federal government to increase the NRTD and index it to the cost of living.

In July of that year, the NDP of the Western Arctic passed a resolution calling for a 50 per cent increase in the deduction, as well as annual indexing.

In addition, at its 2006 annual meeting, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce voted in favour of having the residency portion of the NRTD increased.

An increase of $1,000 to the deduction would put approximately $3 million back into the pockets of northern taxpayers.

As you may be aware, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance is holding a pre-budget consultation for Northerners in Iqaluit on September 24.

The committee’s focus this year is “the tax system the country needs for a prosperous future.”

I am writing to encourage you to send a senior Finance official to attend the committee’s hearing in Iqaluit to make a case on behalf of all Yukoners that the residence portion of the NRTD should be increased by 50 per cent and indexed to the cost of living.

As an alternative, I encourage you to make a written submission to the committee before the deadline of August 15.

I also encourage individual Yukoners to consider making written submissions, and to sign the petition to the federal Finance minister, Jim Flaherty, that is being circulated by members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Information on how to make a submission is available by sending an e-mail to fina@parl.gc.ca or by contacting my office at 393-7050 (or toll-free at 1-800-661-0408, ext. 7050).

Todd Hardy, MLA

Leader of the Third Party

Are you kidding me?

Does Whitehorse approve and support the ever-growing drug epidemic?

Does Whitehorse want more young people to use? And die? Shame on the article published in Friday’s paper.

It was a disgusting display of ignorance, glorifying a world that is dangerous, self-destructive and deadly.

You have published an article that claims drugs save lives, drugs make you lots of money, drugs are fun, and drugs can make you powerful … and it is simple to stay in control of the drug … all you have to do is eat and sleep.

An article that claimed people with kids and jobs are boring. Are you kidding me!?!

This article is the most careless and harmful piece of “journalism” I have seen you publish.

You owe Whitehorse an apology. You owe every single person who has ever been tempted or pressured to use drugs a proper explanation of what can happen to their bodies, their lives, their families.

Not once did the author provide facts to dispute this glorified account of how drugs can benefit us.

Where are morals and ethics? Don’t we have more important issues to address? This is journalism?

You must be kidding me…

Ashley LaBar

Whitehorse