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Cabin fever Re Survival Cabins In Government Sights: When I read this article on September 2, I was outraged. I cannot believe the government would stoop so low and be so ignorant. Obviously Colin McDowell, of land management, doesn't go out in the bush

Re Survival Cabins In Government Sights:

When I read this article on September 2, I was outraged. I cannot believe the government would stoop so low and be so ignorant.

Obviously Colin McDowell, of land management, doesn’t go out in the bush in the winter. Or fall.

Those cabins could actually save someone’s life and he wants to get rid of them? Just because they don’t have paperwork registered? Is it because the government wants to collect taxes from someone?

Is it because it is Crown land and no one is allowed to build on Crown land without permission?

Well then, just give permission.

Sam Holloway and friends did the territory a public service by providing those cabins to all who might need them. I applaud the fact they did it with their own funds, on their own time and the fact they don’t lock them up and even provide a heat source shows that they know how things can go up here and McDowell doesn’t.

The territory seems to be getting bogged down in government red tape and it is frustrating and extremely annoying when ‘down-south’ thinking tries to push its way into the North.

We are different, and proudly so.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do – don’t change a way of life that has been successful for decades just because some paperwork isn’t filed. Next thing you know, we will have to paint our houses certain colours, only drive certain vehicles and wear certain clothing!

I arrived here from Ottawa, Ontario, in 1995 and stayed because I loved the people, the pace, the awesome wilderness and the way of life. It’s relaxed, friendly and I will never live down south again.

I suggest this be put to the people - should an exception be made in regard to survival cabins?

I am confident there would be a resounding “yes” from true Yukoners, parks employees, outfitters, winter tourism operators, and anyone else who spends time enjoying the beauty of nature in our vast and incredible landscape - now we just have to hope there are more true northerners than government paper pushers.

After all, the government is supposed to listen to and represent the people. Hello? Is there anybody out there listening?

Apparently not.

Lynn Eckervogt

Haines Junction