Something positive about the Yukon Party

Something positive about the Yukon Party Re Dear Fentie, poor trees (letters, the News, March 18): Last Wednesday, I was pleased to receive Jon Wilkie's open letter. It's good to know that Nordicity is being read, thought about and challenged in the com

Re Dear Fentie, poor trees (letters, the News, March 18):

Last Wednesday, I was pleased to receive Jon Wilkie’s open letter. It’s good to know that Nordicity is being read, thought about and challenged in the communities.

He may be right that the Fentie government he describes as “far from perfect,” and the author of “many blunders,” will blunder their way into victory at the polls again.

I was surprised, though, to see the column in question: Crying Poor, Spending Millions described as an attack on mining, and myself as anti-mining.

The column in question referred to Alexco’s dispute with the citizens of Keno, but it was really about burning garbage, and the Fentie government’s decision to override the Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board’s ruling against the practice.

For the record, I am not against mining. It seems to me that as a user of metals, I’d be in an absurd position if I were.

As a user of air and water, I do believe that mining, like garbage disposal, can and should be done with care for the environment and consideration for the neighbours. I consider that a pro-mining stance.

I search my column in vain for any reference that would give rise to Wilkie’s statement that “the Yukon Party is not the Nazi Party by any means.”

Of course they aren’t, and only a fool would suggest otherwise. Isn’t it great that you can find something good to say about anyone, if you dig deep enough?

Al Pope

Annie Lake

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