Letter to the Editor

The innocent don’t need civil liberties It is a sad day in Canada when the rights of criminals are protected over the safety and well-being…

The innocent don’t

need civil liberties

It is a sad day in Canada when the rights of criminals are protected over the safety and well-being of our society.

We need drug-sniffing dogs.

Comparing the search of student backpacks to Nazi Germany is sheer and utter name-calling. That is something bleeding-heart liberals like to do. (Yes, I’ll do a bit of name-calling on my own.)

I don’t mind having my person or possessions randomly searched. I have nothing to hide. Aside from my prescriptions, I don’t do drugs.

I don’t sell drugs.

I don’t steal, so they won’t find any stolen property. I don’t stalk anyone, so they won’t find any incriminating photos.

The only people who could possibly want to hide from being searched are those with something to hide.

Police aren’t Nazis; they adhere to a very strict code of ethics.

That’s more than I can say for the criminals.

Dale Worsfold

Watson Lake

Editorial scandalizes

To be polite, we totally disagree with your editorial in Friday’s Yukon News, regarding Ebony and the Dogs for Drug Free School program at Porter Creek Secondary School.

First of all, do you have children attending any of the Whitehorse high schools?

If you do, then you should be aware of the drug issues in our schools. Maybe you should spend a few objective days at Porter Creek.

Instead of the negativity, how about providing some positive alternatives to help resolve a very obvious drug problem in our schools today?

Having access to illegal drugs at school without any consequences and education  “is sending the wrong message to impressionable young minds.”

On what facts do you base your statement: “But the presence of Ebony, a trained dog sniffing around pockets, backpacks and lockers throughout the day…” Have you seen this happening?

If you are pro-drug use then maybe you should promote legalization for consenting adults, not drug use by minors in schools.

Give our kids a safe learning environment.

As far as we are concerned, Doug and Ebony are doing an excellent job at P.C. and could be seen as a first step in addressing the drug issues in our schools today. The positives far out-weighs the negative.

At what point is the price too high to provide a safe and positive learning environment for our future young adults?

In closing, with this shallow editorial, We wonder why we support this paper. How do you think you help the schools with their attempts to fight this very real problem by publishing such inflammatory articles?

Some “impressionable young minds” are still capable of reading these articles too.

Kirsty and Kim Ferguson

Whitehorse

Urban eyesore

Re Siding Nightmare (the News, April 14):

I agree completely with G. Lowey’s letter.

 Here is what I wrote in a letter to mayor and council, along with Todd Hardy, on October 18th, 1988:

“As residents of Whitehorse, we are deeply concerned about the architectural style of a number of buildings recently constructed or currently under construction in the area.

“Low-maintenance metal facades give many of the new buildings the look of commercial warehouses ….

“Architecture has a powerful impact. Buildings with attraction and meaning not only give citizens a strong feeling for their community, but also draw tourists to the city.

“To make Whitehorse more appealing to residents and visitors alike, we should take care in planning our buildings, particularly their facades. Therefore, the city should provide guidance to builders regarding architecture and building facades. That guidance should be reinforced with a bylaw.

“Successful bylaws governing the appearance of buildings already exist in, for example, Dawson City and Nelson, BC. Both communities depend for their livelihood upon tourism. So do we.

“Now is a good time to implement such a bylaw in Whitehorse.”

Imagine how our downtown would look today if action had been taken 20 years ago?

Doctors say that even if you’ve smoked for 20 years, quitting is still a good idea.

An architectural bylaw to improve downtown Whitehorse will benefit our city for generations to come.

Suat Tuzlak

Whitehorse