Letter to the Editor

Focus on what I can do, not what I can’t What’s my name? I’m somebody who could benefit from having a youth shelter here in…

Focus on what I can do,

not what I can’t

What’s my name?

I’m somebody who could benefit from having a youth shelter here in Whitehorse.

What’s my name? I’m someone who wants to be a productive member of the community, not a burden.

I may not have the resources, education, even awareness of what I can contribute, but help me move in the right direction. Support the Angel’s Nest project.

What’s my name? Talk to me, Yukon leaders, not about my needs and deficiencies, but about my gifts and capacities.

Often, social services in a community is organized around what is missing or broken in people. Why don’t you explore with me what I can do, not what I can’t do.

What are my gifts to the community?

How do I develop my abilities and capacities to fulfill my potential?

How do I use my ‘street smarts’ in a more positive way?

Often we put elected officials and government departments in a difficult role. We make you out to be service providers and suppliers and relate to you as consumers not citizens.

We show up at your door as critics, not partners.

We want you to solve for us those issues that we as community members should be solving for ourselves, in other words, as producers and creators of the future, not as consumers.

It’s going to take some time and effort to get to that future.

Meanwhile, YTG, please commit to the October 1st deadline for support to a vital piece of the puzzle, the Angel’s Nest project.

Yes, it’s expensive, but not nearly as costly as the alternative.

What’s my name? Call me what I want to be — a member of a community that is generous and full of possibilities.

Someone who is engaged in a community that emphasizes accountability for the well-being of the whole.

Bill Thomas


Harper’s hypocrisy

Shades of the past. Deja vu. History repeating itself. Some people never learn.

Preston Manning got impatient. He wanted to form a government so they did away with the Reform Party and the Alliance was born.

That still didn’t get them in so the Alliance heavily compromised its principles and merged with the Conservatives. They still didn’t get in to form a real government.

I will not vote Conservative this election. Stephen Harper is now impatient and wants to form a government so he will break his own rules and call an election.

The question is, how badly will Harper lose?

True, Harper cut the GST and dismantled the gun registry, but he has a nasty habit of saying one thing and doing another.

He called for an elected Senate, then appointed a senator shortly after assuming office.

He called Belinda Stronach all kinds of names for crossing the floor, then invited David Emerson to cross the floor.

He blasted the Liberals for double taxing gasoline then changed his mind and refused to eliminate the excise tax.

In baseball, that’s three strikes and you’re out.

I don’t feel like watching my gasoline double in price with Dion’s carbon tax, so I hope the Liberals don’t get a majority either.

Jack Layton would have us pull out of Afghanistan so women can’t get educated. So I hope he doesn’t win.

I am a member of the Christian Heritage Party. We may never elect a candidate, but we stand for something.

However, if our party doesn’t run a candidate here, my money is on Larry Bagnell.

Unlike a lot of them, he keeps his word.

Dale Worsfold

Watson Lake

Pot debate

In regards to the comment by Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s medical health officer, that it is “impossible to grow new brain cells,” he might wish to read up on the research.

A widely reported study done at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon showed that cannabinoids spurred the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus.

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in November 2005.

The lead researcher concluded that “marijuana appears to be the only illicit drug whose capacity to produce new neurons is correlated with its anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects.”

Other major studies have shown that cannabinoids provide protection to brain cells against damage caused by nerve gas and strokes, and that THC destroys cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

It is unfortunate, but not surprising, that the Yukon health officer is not more educated about the many unique medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant.

You can read a United Press article about the new brain cell growth study here: http://cannabis.net/neogenesis/index.html

You can get references on the anti-cancer effects of cannabinoids here: http://www.cannabisculture.com/news/cancer

There are references to the neuroprotective effects of cannabinoids here: http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/1418.html

Dana Larsen

Federal NDP candidate for West Vancouver/Sunshine Coast/Sea-to-Sky Country