Letter to the Editor

The coveted Worsfold Award When I was about 10 years old, I was absolutely shocked to hear this rude, crude, crass lady cussing on the radio station.

The coveted Worsfold Award

When I was about 10 years old, I was absolutely shocked to hear this rude, crude, crass lady cussing on the radio station.

I wanted to call and complain to the radio station.

My parents laughed and said: “Oh, that’s just Ma Murray.”

I decided then and there she was not a nice person.

Ma Murray is not somebody to be emulated. Winning her journalistic awards is not something to be proud of.

The Yukon News does not win any legitimate journalistic awards.

That is because you have a way with words, but not the truth.

Don’t worry, there are plenty around like you, starting with, but not limited to, the CBC and New York Times.

It has been said we are known by the company we keep.

Dale Worsfold

Watson Lake

Take a closer look

Re Urges wolf kill (The News, April 20):

I am wondering if, in your considerable experience in the backcountry around Whitehorse, you have noticed that snowmobile trails enable wolves to move around with more facility through moose and caribou habitat?

Julie Frisch

Whitehorse

Restroom challenges

Ah what a relief: a wheelchair accessible restroom!

Oh what comes out: a skinny woman without a cane, crutches, walker, manual or powered wheelchair.

This is not right, especially when other restrooms are available.

In the bigger restrooms where there are more than one or two stalls, why is there only one accessible stall?

As with able-bodied women, there are more than one of us wanting to use a stall.

Next time, we want more than the bottom line.

Accessible restrooms are hard to come by. They are few and far between: the YTG buildings on Second Avenue to Wal-Mart that are usable.

I mean, clean.

Judi Johnny

Whitehorse

Ugly capital needs vision

We are always boasting about our wonderful northern city.

We promote the Yukon as a great tourist destination, but while we promote we forget that the product we offer should indeed be attractive and not just a promise.

I sometimes wonder why it is that we do not learn or are not willing to team from other places in the world.

Whitehorse, this small city with so many very dedicated citizens who care for the environment, could be a showcase for the rest of the world. But we have not yet taken on this challenge.

Our biggest achievements by now are the Millennium Trail, Mt. Mac ski trail area, Mt. Sima, Rotary Park, Lepage Park and the multiplex.

They give Yukoners and tourists a safe place to meet and enjoy an active lifestyle throughout the year.

Well. these are great places. However, Whitehorse, despite all this is still a very dirty little town.

Even flowerboxes cannot hide the fact that Main Street is used as a parking area with cars driving around in search for the closest parking spot while polluting the pedestrians sitting in the new established outside cafes.

Winter is even worse as ‘the no idling policy’ is not anything Whitehorse citizens take seriously. (In fact, Whitehorse citizens even let their car idle in the summer).

Anyone who ever visited Europe and even some Canadian cities (Eighth Avenue in Calgary, for example) knows closing off inner city traffic increases the enjoyment of city life.

Instead of inching their way through polluting cars, people can walk to the stores in a great setting. They can listen to street musicians and watch performers without being disturbed by car noise and pollution.

They can stop and meet with people in the numerous outside cafes. And people can finally see and smell the flowers the city provides for the enjoyment for us all.

We need a park house to replace the parking meters on Main Street.

The problem of letting cars idle in the winter needs to be solved.

With a park house, people are finally able to step into a warm car without letting it run while shopping.

It would cost more than 25 cents, but with respiratory illnesses on the rise and consequently health-care costs, this is a small token.

Talking about saving the environment should start here in our own community.

I wonder why major cities in Europe are so much greener and prettier than Whitehorse. Second Avenue and Fourth Avenue are certainly nothing to be proud off.

Well, maybe city hall, the YTG building and the library are an exception as they have some green space with flowers and trees around them.

Other buildings, even the new condo, which should be a pleasant addition to our city, are without any set-back for green space.

Is it just commercialism that drives us?

We are talking now about raising the height of buildings, but what about the appearances of our buildings?

Do we not have an obligation to build for the future?

We have to stop the attitude that metal square boxes are good enough. Whitehorse is litter heaven. Why?

Because we have not changed our attitudes. Yes, many of us recycle, but we still have many people around us who do not care. They throw their fast-food utensils wherever it is convenient.

What can we do?

For one, I suggest that we no longer use disposable cups, glasses and plates.

I hope our fast-food outlets think about an idea how they can change that. In this respect, I am very glad that Three Beans forces its customer to bring in shopping bags by not providing this convenience for packaging food any more.

The majority of a community can set the standards. They are able to put pressure on politicians that change is urgently needed.

Our city counsellors need to be elected on the basis of whether they have some vision for the future of our town.

We need people to act on our behalf and also listen to our concerns. I hope that the citizens of Whitehorse have the political will for change.

Anyone who is interested in creating a lobby group for a car-free Main Street, please send an e-mail to : schmidrm@ucalgary.ca

Renate Schmidt

Whitehorse

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