Letter to the Editor

The joke is on us In response to your article in the October 19th paper on the ‘art’ in Copper Ridge, I am a neighbor and have to look…

The joke is on us

In response to your article in the October 19th paper on the ‘art’ in Copper Ridge, I am a neighbor and have to look at it every day.

I am afraid your article may send the message that the general consensus is the neighbors like it.

I certainly do not, and know of others who share my opinion.

Had you taken the time to knock on a few more doors you would have found that, sadly, it appears to be the laughing stock of Copper Ridge.

I am pleased that the homeowner is not concerned with her property value, but what about the property value of neighbors?

At first I thought it was a joke, and that it would eventually be turned into a nice ‘normal’ yard with grass and maybe a few trees.

Now it seems like it is there for the long term.

Tourist attraction?

You must be kidding.

Shelley Aldrich

Whitehorse

Porcupine caribou hunt

I was in the bush when the 500-metre buffer for hunting caribou off of the Dempster Highway was dropped.

I listened to CBC’s call-in program and was struck by the tangle of ideas held about this particular hunt.

My father, Robert Frisch’s words ran through my mind: “… with a road comes another world, the loud new world we know so well. The old order is just a punctuated shell, its spirit gone. I only hope room can still be found for both.”

He’s passed on, but I share his hope — that we can find room for both the functioning ecosystem, which supports us, and our progressive technology.

We live in times when our species can bring about more destruction than ever before and with this comes the huge responsibility to use our technology with the consequences in mind.

I want to thank Norma Kassi and Peter Frost and all those many voices that called in to share their concern for the Porcupine herd in these changing times.

I want to thank also the Gwich’in Nation, whose people from across the North have been struggling since I can remember to secure the safety of these caribous’ birthing grounds.

It seems likely to me that without their concerted effort we may well have lost this herd long ago.

And I want to thank those who now, here at home, continue to hold the Porcupine caribou herd in the highest regard and to act in its best interest.

I take some small comfort knowing the caribou seem to be concentrating in Alaska this season, where there are no roads to hunt them from, and in the storms that have been closing the Dempster Highway for much of this fall.

Perhaps this year at least fate will grant the herd some protection when we have failed to do so.

I know it’s been awhile since this issue made headlines. I hope you agree that we ought to keep the topic in the news and fresh in the minds of Yukoners.

Sylvia Frisch

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