Letter to the Editor

Nasty dog Open letter to the dog that bit me on my way to work Monday: You’re just lucky you didn’t rip my jeans, buddy.

Nasty dog

Open letter to the dog that bit me on my way to work Monday:

You’re just lucky you didn’t rip my jeans, buddy. First of all, they’re my favourites and, second, I would’ve noticed you had drawn blood while you were still within stomping distance.

I had to go to the hospital, you know. Sure, it got me out of work for a bit. But, still, I had to get a tetanus shot!

What if it was a little old lady or a kid you bit? You might not be getting off with a simple letter-to-the-editor.

Something for your owner to think about the next time she knows full well there’s a cyclist approaching and elects to do nothing to restrain you.

As for you, you wee portly menace: bad dog!

You should be on a leash.

 

Dave King

Whitehorse

Funding trap

It is very thoughtful of the Yukon Trappers’ Association to sell the body parts of animals “acquired through seizures, problem wildlife control, and road kills” on behalf of the Yukon government.

It is even more thoughtful of the government to pay a commission to the trappers association for each sale, for all their hard work.

Maybe a bit of money will be left over for the government’s conservation fund after the trappers’ association’s commission and the cost of the large advertisements in the paper are subtracted from the proceeds from the sale.

What exactly does the conservation fund do?

Does it come close to paying the expense of the government resources required to obtain all these animal parts?

Clearly the government has no ambition to reconsider their human-wildlife conflict policies, since the destruction of “problem animals” provides furs for this sale.

But is anyone truly profiting from the sale of these animal parts besides the trappers’ association?

Certainly not the animals.

Mike Grieco

Whitehorse

The wrong

person was fired

Open letter to Premier Fentie and his headhunters:

I want to tell you that you are very wrong about Mike Travill. When I came here he was the first person who helped me and did not want anything in return.

Everyone else, like the people at the NDP, offered to help if I helped them in politics.

You question Travill’s time and honesty.

Let me tell you a story.

When he was working on my case, I had to move to Winnipeg with my son because I had no support here with WCB cutting me off.

While I was in Winnipeg I called Eldon Organ at the worker advocate office in Whitehorse.

He spoke to me for a long time and calmed me down.

That day I was paid a visit by Travill in Winnipeg and we talked for a long time.

He assured me that they were working very hard on my case and hopefully, when he got back to Whitehorse, things would move faster.

I felt a whole lot better. Then I found out he had been in Regina for a conference and had driven all the way to Winnipeg to see me after being in contact with his office.

I knew then that a person who cared that much was doing everything he could so I would be looked after.

Fentie and your fellow headhunters, you should not doubt his word when he tells you he worked long hours.

Name withheld

Whitehorse

 

Conservatives

and long-guns

I would like to let Yukoners know that last week Minister Stockwell Day reintroduced a bill to eliminate the requirement for Canadians to register their nonrestricted long-guns.

This is in keeping with a promise made by the Conservative government to eliminate the wasteful long-gun registry.

The legislation was originally tabled in June, 2006 and is being reintroduced to:

• Repeal the requirement for individuals and businesses to register nonrestricted long-guns.

• Require firearms retailers to record all sales transactions of non-restricted firearms, which was the case prior to the imposition of the long-gun registry.

The Liberals continuously neglected our licensing system and instead wasted a billion dollars on the failed long-gun registry, which the auditor general reported has wasted taxpayers’ money and contains data that is unreliable.

That’s why we allocated $14 million over two years in budget 2007 to improve front-end screening of first-time firearms-licence applicants.

This will help prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands.

The Conservative government believes in targeting criminals — not people like us in the North, especially hunters and First Nations who hunt as part of our way of life.

Darrell Pasloski, Conservative Party of Canada candidate, Whitehorse