Letter to the Editor

Olympics protesters  misguided It is with reservation and personal discomfort that I question the validity of the recent Olympic protests and,…

Olympics protesters


It is with reservation and personal discomfort that I question the validity of the recent Olympic protests and, in many cases, the protesters themselves.

The motives, although heartfelt, seem to be shallow and misguided.

I have these visions of some person sleeping in a palm tree at Berkley and receiving a text message on his China-made product about a protest he/she needs to attend.

Where were these people in 2001 after the host was announced? And what of the scrutiny aimed at the IOC after making this selection? Who governs them anyway?

This is not a black-and-white issue but one peppered with grey.

What many of these protesters fail to realize is that the Olympics, the media and the world being in China may prove to be the best thing to ever effect progressive change in Tibet.

The timing of this torch protest is looked upon by some as perfect and yet it could easily be self defeating.

The outside world now has a foot firmly planted in the doorway of a beckoning China. This protest has the appearance of us now chewing our own leg off and it may make things even nastier for Tibet.

Let’s also not forget that boycotts and belated protests have never done a damn thing to change the world and, more often than not, have firmly entrenched division.

What these actions do accomplish is ruining athletes whose only vested interest is athletic competition and the spirit of the Games.

For the record, I have been a supporter of a free Tibet my entire adult life but in order for that to happen a radical shift in the corridors of China would be needed.

This domino effect along the torch run will not cause this shift but most likely hinder it. However, the games could very well prove to be the catalyst for change.

The reasons for the protest are as puzzling as the timing considering the world we live in.

“Human rights” and “arms sales” to Darfur? Should you protesters not be protesting yourselves and the deeds carried out by the countries you live in? Where are the Canadian protesters voicing their displeasure for the appalling Third World conditions on reservations?

China and Tibet have had a symbiotic relationship since 1037 B.C., 900 years before Tibet existed.

The Chinese invaded Tibet in 1949.

When did we occupy Canada?

When did Israel occupy Palestine?

Let’s not even start on the historical and present day policies of Britain and the United States.

It’s like a hypocritical shower. If human rights are to be the deciding factor on the Olympics being held then we might as well cancel them all together. Nobody passes the litmus test.

Have these Games not been politically exploited enough? No of course not.

People in the West have the audacity to bring up arms deals to Darfur while everyone as was the case in Rwanda sits on their hands and does nothing until this convenient stand.

Canada is the fifth or sixth largest Arms dealer to the third world.

Why are you people not on Parliament Hill protesting?

The US is the largest arms dealer in the world, caring very little about which side, as Americans sell arms to both on all corners of this planet. Look in the mirror.

Our entire success and living standards rests on the shoulders of those less fortunate throughout the world. Economic occupation is simply quieter.

Most of the conveniences we enjoy in the material sense are based on the very human rights violations this protest attempt to address.

Of course the case is made while we enjoy these conveniences.

Kevin Sinclair


Plastic unfantastic

I’d like to thank Yukon News for calling to attention and informing the public about dangerous plastics.

As a teacher I’ve always been very concerned with the rise of attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder in my students.

As a woman, the increased rate of cancer terrifies me.

As a parent I am always trying to do best by my children, worrying about their health and development. I’ve made their baby food with care, buy organic food when I can and limit their intake of junk food.

When the first scare of these dangerous plastics came into the media a few months back, I switched our infant to bisphenol-a-free Sippy Cups and our toddler and ourselves to stainless steel.

Now the latest news brings canned food into speculation, even going so far as linking these plastics to hyperactivity disorder and certain cancers. Where do you go from here?

For us as a family, we’re moving in a few months and it changes the checklist when looking for a house.

Now, I want one with plenty of space to create gardens and a greenhouse in which to grow our own produce.

My personal opinion is that this rise in attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder is partly due to our rise in hectic lifestyles. We don’t have time anymore to go back to basics, to go back to canning and freezing our own vegetables and fruit like our mothers and grandmother before us.

Yet it is this lack of time that might be poisoning our children with the quick canned foods we buy from the shelves.

That is my new priority and it should be one we all strive for, to make the time for the sake of ourselves and our children’s health and future.

Patti McDougall

Atlin, BC

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