Letter to the Editor

Minister of disgrace If you do the math on the potential loss of $36.5 million due to so-called bad investments by  Finance Minister Dennis…

Minister of disgrace

If you do the math on the potential loss of $36.5 million due to so-called bad investments by  Finance Minister Dennis Fentie, that means that each woman, man and child in this territory is going to be robbed of more than $1,000.

My family stands to lose more than $5,000.

What about you?

Have you got the money to spare?

And why do you find yourself thinking this?

Because Fentie decides to gamble with Yukoners’ money and now stands to lose it all.

I am appalled at his arrogance and stupidity for deciding to gamble with our money.

People have been fired for less, and so should he and those who supported this recklessness.

So I have some hard questions for you, Fentie.

First, was this risky business, this unsanctioned gambling done in-house by yourself and your deputies in the Finance department?

Or was it done by an outside agent for whom the risk was only a difference in commission?

Tell Yukoners, who have to trust you and our other public employees, just what happened here and who did what.

We are entitled to some answers directly and not through some babble-gab in the legislative assembly.

Have you forgotten your oath to us, to serve honestly and fairly? What of your ethics in this?

 I mean, after all, you do not own your office, we own it and you are accountable to us for your use of it.

If you beg to differ with this fact, then I suggest that you quit right now, get another legitimate job — if you can after this — and, if need be, start paying back each and every Yukoner the more than $1,000 you have seemingly taken away from our future.

I, for one, am expecting to see you legitimately pay this money back, and because I’m a nice guy, will even accept repayment terms (without selling the debt) that allow you to go work at say CanTung or Fort McMurray and make regular large payments.

No backsliding allowed in this day and age.

Keep it legit as you have been.

I know $36.5 million is a lot to come by on your own, so you had no business putting it at risk on your own.

And as far as I am concerned, you have forfeited your right to any pension from us until you have settled your debt to us.

And shame on you.

What are we to tell our children?

That it’s OK to sneak money away from others and then go gambling with it?

Tsk Tsk.

This is not the kind of thing that anyone, parents or not, would encourage any child to do.

Recently, there was an instance of fraud and theft of agency money (originating from YTG) by an employee in Whitehorse.

She apparently decided that she could do as she felt fit with money that was intended for services and programs. Just like you.

And where is she?

In jail.

Appropriate I think.

Remind you of anything? Yeah, I thought so.

So, quit, pay up and make sure that you don’t do this again in whatever line of work you can get after this show of such disgraceful behaviour.

Scott Snider

Marsh Lake

 Since Lang won’t listen…

Open letter to Archie Lang, minister responsible for zoning and planning, and residents of Tagish:

I chose to send this letter for the simple reason that if I sent it to your office you could choose to ignore it.

Looking at the recent track record of the planning and zoning department of  YTG  and our local advisory council, it appears neither are to be trusted.

Last June, I attended a planning and zoning meeting in Tagish put on by our local advisery council with Jerome McIntyre from YTG in attendance.

At the meeting, he was quoted saying if the majority of the population wanted zoning this is how it would work.

The majority was against zoning, so McIntyre packed up his presentation and left, promising to bring our wishes to the minister responsible for zoning and planning.

The reason I chose to move to Tagish is because there was no zoning 14 years ago.

I have a kennel of sled dogs and after having many problems in Whitehorse I decided I needed to move out of the Whitehorse area and away from zoning.

Here in Tagish we have unlimited use of our property and that’s a beautiful thing.

So don’t think for a minute that I — along with the majority of the people who live here — want to give that up.

Tagish is a colourful place with more characters than Jim Robb could write about.

It is fragmented, but 90 per cent of the people respect each other’s privacy and rights and it has been that way for decades.

The people who have recently bought property to retire to have no worries that someone is going to bring in hookers or gambling halls here (as has already been tried) or any other kind of social ills.

The people who choose to live here and raise their children make their own economy.

There are tradespeople, carpenters, welders, concrete masters, artists, tin bashers, trappers, outfitters, woodcutters and dog mushers, and we all depend on each other for help, advice, getting those to do work that others can not do, not to retire and play.

We want young families to move here and not limit the people that will choose to live here by imposing more restrictions.

We choose to live 100 kilometres away from Whitehorse for the freedom and we do not need more rules and government imposed on us.

Please respect our wishes and our way of life.

Ed Hopkins


Making hay for a cause

With the recent passing of long-time Yukoner Rod Tait, the Yukon agriculture community has lost a true icon.

Rod’s last crop has been recently harvested and is ready to go.

The oats have been cut and round-baled green, but done at temperatures below freezing so the feed should be good as long as temperatures stay below freezing.

We have measured the internal bale temperatures and have not detected any signs whatsoever of internal heating.

This is really nice green feed.

The bales are heavy, however, with an average weight of around 720 kilograms (1,600 pounds).

The Tait family would like to see any money raised from the sale of these bales go toward the newly established Rod Tait agricultural scholarship fund at the Yukon Foundation.

You do not have to pay for the feed, just make a donation to this fund and the bales are yours. (You even get a tax receipt).

We can help with delivery and loading/unloading.

Please call Russ Tait at (867) 333-1432 and leave a message.

I would like to thank all those folks who have offered and helped to get Rod’s last crop off, especially Steve and Bonnie Mackenzie-Grieve as well as Dave and Tracy Andrew who supplied the additional equipment needed to accomplish the task.

Thanks as well to Libby and Claude Dulac for so graciously allowing me to stay with them in their home in Haines Junction as required.

For those of you who do not need the oat feed, but would like to buy bales/donate to the Rod Tait fund, we can arrange to deliver to you a “virtual bale” certificate from Rod Tait’s farm. (These bales are extremely light-weight and take up very little space and they will keep really well too!)

I know Rod would be happy knowing his crop was put to good use, so call as soon as you can!

Rick Nielsen