Letter to the Editor

Heartfelt thanks! Last Saturday we gathered to pay tribute to a dad, grandfather and great-grandfather — a veteran of the Second World War…

Heartfelt thanks!

Last Saturday we gathered to pay tribute to a dad, grandfather and great-grandfather — a veteran of the Second World War — Walter John Wright.

He passed away on January 22 at the age of 94.

The Yukon won his heart in the early 1960s when he was posted here in the military and he and his wife Jean returned to spend their later retirement years back in Whitehorse.

There are so many benefits in returning to a smaller community and anyone who has lived in the North appreciates the warmth and friendliness enjoyed here that is often lacking in the larger urban centres.

During the last 13 years, he was able to reacquaint himself with the beauty and splendour that is the Yukon.

A very special thanks is extended to the entire caring staff at Macaulay Lodge.

Wally enjoyed the outings and special activities regularly scheduled and enjoyed assisting staff with the outdoor gardens. The care is second to none!

Thanks also to the nurses and doctors in the emergency and surgical wards, medevac personnel. ambulance attendants and a very special thank you to family doctors Williams and Qiearam for their ongoing care during these past years.

We are very proud of the excellent facility that our Whitehorse General Hospital is!

Thanks to Father Jim Bleackley for his friendship and support, sincere thanks to Jennifer and Chris at Heritage Funeral home and Truska Gorrell (Hospice Yukon).

Thanks also to Joe Goodeill and Legion members, where Walter spent many happy hours socializing with other veterans and for their special tribute at the funeral service.

These are but a few of the entire community of friends and caregivers who make living in Whitehorse a joy!

John Wright on behalf of the Wright family


Complicit press, useless government

I seem to remember reading in one of your articles that the practice of investing in asset-backed commercial papers goes back 12 years.

This takes us back through the reigns of Pat Duncan, Piers MacDonald and John Ostashek.

Stephen Robertson and Richard Mostyn have known for a long time that this was wrong but they didn’t run for office or do something about it.

In fact, they only started writing about it when the bottom fell out.

This makes them guilty of complicity.

I have bigger concerns, not the least of which are about our homeless youth, our ambulance service, lodges closing, the ongoing drug abuse problem, domestic violence, rampant poverty… The list goes on.

Who gives a buffalo’s behind if we have $36 million in the bank or $36 billion if they aren’t going to use the money wisely.

Dale Worsfold

Watson Lake

Time to review the nation’s ‘biggest gang’

Re appeal dropped against grow-op gang:

For decades we keep getting the PR machine telling us the redcoats are so wonderful, such a “tradition.”

In reality, what we have is Dudley Do-wrong.

“Police also manipulated court documents, arrested people without grounds and failed to follow established rules for processing the accused after arrest.”

Is anyone actually surprised by this?

The more we hear about the RCMP, the more we hear about bending or breaking of rules, all in the name of “Justice.”

It is obscene.

If they will bend and break rules on one case, they are probably doing it on all of them.

How many more episodes of brutality, scandal, lying, cajoling, bullying, wrongdoing and balderdash do Canadians have to live with before we disband this gang of rogues?

How many more lives do the Horsemen have to ruin (or end) before we put them out to pasture?

There is no hope.

The RCMP have become a greater threat to civil rights and liberties, public safety, and democracy than all the “terrorists” and “criminals” they are supposed to be fighting.

Cops are fond of quipping: “WE are the biggest gang.”


Russell Barth, federal medical marijuana licence holder, Patients Against Ignorance and Discrimination on Cannabis, Ottawa