Letter to the Editor

Real Yukoners love wilderness roads This letter is addressed to the opponents of the Wind River Trail winter road.

Real Yukoners

love wilderness roads

This letter is addressed to the opponents of the Wind River Trail winter road.

I’ve been reading all your letters up until now and mostly I’ve just shaken my head at you, but the last straw is Faro resident Yasmine Djabri’s recent letter.

I wonder if Djabri is aware that she had to travel on at least three mining roads to get to her house? First, the Robert Campbell Highway, then Mitchell Road, then the Blind Creek Road.

If you really want to get technical, is the Klondike Highway not a mining road too?

So let me get this straight, you drive on a mining road to a mining town, take advantage of the town’s infrastructure and buy a cheap house, all built and paid for by a mining company and you have the nerve to bitch about mining roads?

But hey, Faro’s a beautiful place, so I can understand why you’d move here. It’s a nice place for you to be a wilderness tour operator — you can take your European tourists through the Pelly Valley and show them miles and miles of “pristine” wilderness and you get to make a living, in spite of the fact that it’s been explored and mined for 50-odd years.

Oh and by the way, if you or one of your clients get seriously injured out there on a tour, I’ll bet you’d find the sound of an approaching helicopter comforting indeed.

Djabri, a decade or so ago, when the mining industry took one of it’s cyclical downturns and there were “loads of out-of-work-labourers” as you point out, the environment survived just fine without you.

The only difference between then and now is maybe we’ll end up with loads of out-of-work-wilderness-tour-operators.

Don’t worry, you’ll adjust. We did.

I wish all the recent letter writers would give up the game playing and tell us what you’re really opposed to.

Is it the road or is it uranium exploration?

Or is it any exploration?

What’s wrong with uranium? Isn’t it what they use to create non-fossil-fuel energy?

I wonder why you all seem to only protest development in “beautiful” areas? Could it be that you’re just protecting your own economic backsides and that environmentalism has nothing to do with it?

You’re the ones with something to sell here.

If not, why are flat swampy areas with stunted ugly trees less deserving of your attention?

Are their ecosystems less important?

As an aside, it’s a long and winding road from exploration to mining, of any substance. The chances of any find being developed is slim, to say the least.

If at the end of it we end up with a road, so what? Maybe an actual, real Yukoner will be able to drive to the Wind River valley!

Maybe (s)he can take the kids, or the grandmother who can’t walk far.

What an equalizer a road would be … then not just the wealthy and able-bodied would be able to see it.

It looks like you all are opposed to any exploration by anyone other than paying tourists and only you small handful of people get to make a good living.

Should the rest of us be happy to carry your client’s luggage or ask the them if they want fries with that?

Let me clue you in.

All you people have a nice quality of life because long before you got here, mining money built roads and schools and sewage plants and established most of the businesses you take for granted — the Yukon as we know it is the wonderful place it is  in large part, because of the mining industry.

Another fact for you, pretty much all citizens of the Yukon are environmentalists. Honest, you’re not the only ones.

It’s not a banner we carry, it’s a way of being.

The silent majority is not in favour of raping and pillaging, they’re in favor of balance between the environment and the economy.

I’ve heard you can’t live on scenery, but apparently, you people can.

I guess it’s OK with you for the rest of us to make our living somewhere, as long as we don’t have a nice view out the haul-truck window.

Karen Parsons


‘Granola gang’

member bites back

I would like to respond to the Neil Johnson letter to the editor, The whining granola gang strikes again (the News, January 16).

It’s just typical that you cannot express yourself without name-calling.

How often have we heard, granola crunchers, tree huggers, eco freaks, or eco-terrorist coming from the pro-development community, particularly supporters on uncontrolled mining.

It’s just utterly astounding how you neither understand so little of human history nor see the effects of human “development.”

Only a representative of an insane society would want unsustainable growth to continue at an unsustainable pace.

Living blindly in your own little world and not seeing the big picture of what is happening globally really is living with your head buried in the sand.

With an out-of-control human population it is not to hard to figure out why the oceans are being depleted, the tropical rain forests are being destroyed, thousands of species extinctions are happening, water shortages all over the world, and climate change — something none of us will escape.

Just what do you think you’re leaving future generations?

It is insulting to call reporters “lapdogs” (more name calling) and to say that “reporters should do their jobs rather than take orders from the granola gang.”

Reporters and the media do allow “equal space given to positions taken by mining stakeholders, industry experts and Atomic Energy of Canada to obtain some objective balance.”

All you have to do is read the paper.

Would it be radical for you think about living with less in the future, and not to expect more?

As Mahatma Gandhi said: “The future depends on what we do in the present.”

Richard Oziewicz


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