Letters

A thought for today

Nine years ago, seven innocent men and women were rounded up by Iranian authorities and thrown into the infamous Evin prison solely because of their religious beliefs.

It’s dumb to pretend criticizing the Liberal government is the same as criticizing YG workers

After yielding the silly train to the Opposition these past months, the Yukon Liberals jumped back on board the Partisan Snark Express last week with a disingenuous Twitter attack on Yukon Party critic Brad Cathers.

  • May 17, 2017

A tax on the poor

We need to call the closure of Raven Recycling’s free store, the Salvation Army thrift store, and the dump’s free store what it is: a tax on the poor.

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Students dive into history at annual heritage fair

My wife Kathy and I went on an amazing journey of discovery Thursday of last week. One minute, I was retracing the steps of a man collecting botanical specimens en route to Alaska over the Chilkoot Pass, thanks to the vivid account of Kalie Bennett of Golden Horn School. The next minute Kathy was learning about Faith Fenton, the Gold Rush journalist, from Marie Mabilog of Christ the King Elementary School.

The Yukon’s biggest killer

After a series of columns on fiscal policy, I thought readers this week might enjoy a new topic: cancer.

Antilock brakes and beyond

Imagine coming up over a hill at full speed and seeing an animal in the middle of the road. What’s the best way to react? Before the introduction of antilock braking systems (ABS), hitting the brakes would give you full stopping power but no steering ability. Not hitting the brakes would give you full steering ability but no stopping power. Antilock brakes give you the best possible stopping power with the best steering ability.

  • May 12, 2017

Can reasonable conservatives resist the populist fringe?

As an outsider looking in, I must say it is fascinating and terrifying to see how strong the glue is that holds modern conservative political movements together.

  • May 10, 2017

The day the United States bombed Dawson City

Every year about this time, people start speculating on the break-up of the Yukon. Ice pool tickets are purchased with hopes of selecting the winning time for the ice to move in front of Dawson City.

What to do if you get a flat tire

Everyone who drives should be able to change a tire in an emergency. While you may have some form of roadside assistance, if you are in an isolated area without cell service, it won’t be of any help.

  • May 5, 2017

Grading the budget

Premier Sandy Silver brought down his first budget last week. Now almost six months since he was elected, many were keen to see how his campaign speeches translated into budget reality.

Management plan will preserve Lansing heritage site

I attended a meeting on Tuesday this week at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre where the First Nation of the Nacho Nyak Dun and the Government of Yukon hosted a public meeting.

Yukoners Concerned ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Libs

Approximately 15 members from Yukoners Concerned met with the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ranj Pillai, in early April to understand the new government’s energy priorities over the coming years.

Deficit spending a risky proposition

The Yukon Party dynasty may be gone but the new Liberal government has opted to continue the trend of spending down our financial reserves.

  • May 3, 2017

Do the North Koreans know Rotary Park is a nuclear free zone?

If conversation at your dinner table ever gets dull, I suggest you pull out a globe and challenge someone to stretch a rubber band to show the flight path between North Korea’s nuclear launch sites and Chicago.

Northern Cross suit could cripple the Yukon

If a lawsuit recently brought by Northern Cross against the Yukon government is to believed, the territory is on the hook for $2.2 billion — an amount roughly equal to our gross domestic product for one year.

  • Apr 26, 2017

To sell or trade?

When things change in our life and we need to replace our existing vehicle, what’s the best way to dispose of our old vehicle? Should we trade it in at the dealership or should we sell it privately?

  • Apr 21, 2017

Rare newspapers reveal political satire of cartoonist Arthur Buel

In a recent column (Feb. 10), I wrote about the artistic genius of political cartoonist Arthur Buel.

Reviving recycling

Since the Salvation Army announced they would be closing their thrift store, Raven Recycling has been planning for the impact on the public, the city’s landfill and our free store.

Commissioner Jim Smith: The end of an era

Legendary Yukon Commissioner Jim Smith has died. He was 97.

Mining the public purse

On multiple occasions, Northern Cross assured Yukoners it had no plans to use fracking. Now they are suing the Yukon government because there is a five-year moratorium on fracking.