Letter to the Editor

Vodka straight Re Vodka on the rocks (the News, December 14): I am a direct neighbour of Bridget Amos and her soon-to-be distillery operation in…

Vodka straight

Re Vodka on the rocks (the News, December 14):

I am a direct neighbour of Bridget Amos and her soon-to-be distillery operation in West Dawson. I have known Amos for years as a good neighbour, mother, and hardworking individual.

I applaud her entrepreneurial spirit and so do most people in West Dawson.  While there may be somebody “outraged” by her undertaking, it’s not “many of Amos’ neighbours.”

In fact, most of us support her business venture, or are at least indifferent regarding her business — plainly her business.

I fail to see how the quality of life in our neighbourhood would be negatively influenced by noise and traffic. Most residents already run fairly noisy generators, and basically the only extra traffic would be the weekly RCMP truck taking the liquor into town.

There are also strict rules in place regarding “pollution, waste, effluent” issues. 

I personally believe the real reason for objecting to this project has nothing to do with traffic or pollution. The real objection is to the production of alcohol even if the article states otherwise.

Fact is, the production of alcohol in the fashion Amos is going about is legal, safe, and that should be it.

Amos’ small home-based business has the potential to add to the flavour of Dawson, and I don’t mean only in a literal way.

Any initiative aimed at diversifying our economy should be approached positively or at least with an open mind.

Over the years I have seen a number of possibly wonderful small and not so small business ventures be brought down by the spirit of narrow-mindedness and plain anti-business sentiment — both of which seem to grow by the year. This is what we should be concerned about.

I am surprised to see my otherwise very diligent friend John Steins taking a side in this issue without even having talked  to Bridget Amos. I have always respected and admired Elizabeth Connellan’s determination and drive; on this issue she is wrong.

I wish Amos well in her spirit-producing enterprise, and who knows, one day it may become a true spirit of the North.

Jorn Meier

West Dawson

Courage under fire

I awoke on the morning of December 27, as usual, to the 6 a.m. national news.

I felt the dawn of a new day and was looking forward to the coming of the new year.

The weather report, however, was interrupted by a special news announcement that Benazir Bhutto had been assassinated.  I was shocked by the news and overcome by a mix of emotions.

My first thoughts were about the turmoil this event would create in Pakistan and around the world.

My next thought was about my son’s announcement on Christmas Day that he would not be home for Christmas next year because he would likely be on the ground in Afghanistan.

The rest of the day was filled with news reports about the impacts of Bhutto’s assassination.

As an MLA living in the Yukon and working to uphold our democratic principles, I’m grateful to be Canadian.

I feel for Bhutto’s family and pray for her. Both her father and brother were also assassinated. She knew the peril she placed herself in, yet she continued on.

Democracy is something most of us in western society take for granted. As an advanced democratic government we must work hard to protect it.

Sometimes I feel we do not have enough appreciation for the fact that a good part of the world still lives in poverty, struggles under oppression, and deals with violence and war on a daily basis.

Most of the world does not yet recognize the fundamental principles of human equality as we do.

It seems that just a few weeks ago we remembered the 14 women that died in Montréal’s École Polytechnique massacre.

Today, as one commentator speculated that the Taliban would never let a woman be president of Pakistan again, I wondered, are we not all created equal?

Our ability to ask questions of our lawmakers and hold them accountable for their decisions reflects on our society more than we know.

Social progress is very slow and costly. As Canadians we benefit from the decades of progress that Canada has made toward fighting hatred, oppression and establishing equal rights as part of our basic human existence.

Today in Pakistan we see the cost of social progress. Benazir Bhutto worked hard to make her world a better place and was assassinated because of it.

My son’s military career is a constant reminder to me of the price we pay for our democratic freedoms. Many people before us have died for the freedom that we enjoy.

Bhutto’s death is a tragedy. The world has lost an advocate for democracy.

We must go forward and do all we can to ensure our human rights and freedoms are not lost.

Donald Inverarity MLA

Porter Creek South