HomerNews.com gets high-tech renovation

This week marks a milestone in the Homer News’ almost 50-year-long history: a renovated website.

For those of us at the Homer News, the website is noteworthy for its upgraded technology. Our webmaster Adam Bauer is breathing a sigh of relief — perhaps you heard him — because for quite some time he’s been holding our website together with the tech equivalent of Duct tape and rubber bands. Our reporters are looking forward to being able to post stories and photos from the field or the comfort of their kitchen tables while still in their jammies.

Meth lab bust reminder of danger of common products

Last Saturday, some good policing by an alert Alaska State Trooper got a potentially dangerous device off our streets. After making a routine traffic stop, Wildlife Trooper David Chaffin saw what looked to be a meth lab in a car driven by a 26-year-old man. Troopers seized what they believe is a one-pot or shake-and-bake meth lab. Troopers called in a hazardous material team to safely dispose of it. Good work, troopers.

Gas line, Green Dot reasons to celebrate

In a really big way and one small way, the Homer City Council moved forward Monday to address two large problems in our town: expensive energy and violence, especially domestic and sexual violence. If successful, both actions will make Homer a stronger, better community -- a cause to celebrate on this holiday of love, St. Valentine's Day.

Citizens need to help council find creative ways to fund services

Thank you, Homer City Council.

Let’s hope this week’s discussion and council vote will preserve the seasonal sales tax exemption on nonprepared food items for good. Canning this perennial discussion is long overdue.

Like others who testified Monday night, we believe a tax on food is regressive.

But more importantly, citizens voted for this tax holiday. Council members need to listen, and they did Monday night.

Make a plan to be prepared, give more

One of the best things about a new year is the clean slate it represents. It’s a great time to evaluate priorities, reflect on what went right and what didn’t in the year that’s just passed and decide what new strategies may yield better results.  It’s also a good time of year to look at what didn’t get checked off that to-do list. By this time in January, many of those who make New Year’s resolutions have already been defeated by their good intentions. But we’re not ready to give up on the hope a new year brings with it. With that in mind, we have two resolutions for us all:

Let’s persevere until gas flows

“Perseverance furthers.”

Those two words from the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle and book of wisdom, could well be the watchwords of getting natural gas to Homer. As the new year gets underway, it’s critical that city and Enstar officials, as well as community members, continue to persevere in the process.

Let’s make ‘respect’ our word for 2013

Respect: (verb) to feel or show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard; to consider or treat with deference or dutiful regard; to show consideration for; to relate to; (noun) a feeling of high regard , honor or esteem; a state of being held in honor or esteem; a deference or dutiful regard; consideration; courteous regard.

— Webster’s New World Dictionary


Searching for answers after Newtown tragedy

In memory of Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachel Davino, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana M Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Dawn Hochsprung, Madeline F. Hsu, Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Anne Marie Murphy, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Benjamin Wheeler and Allison N. Wyatt  ...

Obituary omitted key person

Last week you printed the obituary of my sister Sally Rader. After the memorial was over and all of the out- of-town family and friends had left, I sat down in a quiet moment to reread the obituary and discovered to my dismay that in our grief, we had neglected to include Sally's husband Robin Rader as preceding her in death. Robin's memory is very much alive with our family and he was an important part of that last week of Sally's life as we reminisced and she prepared to join him in the afterlife.

Don’t add extras to budget by axing exemption on food

It’s budget time, and Homer City Council
members have a tough job finding the balance between community needs (the bare essentials) and community wants (the things that contribute to our quality of life). Those decisions to cut services or raise more revenue by increasing taxes or user fees or some combination of the two aren’t easy, because they always hurt someone.

Thank you: It’s what Thursday is all about

Thank you. Two simple words that make our days when we hear them and make others’ days when we use them. Unlike most things in life, we can’t overdo their use.

Thank you. Two simple words that acknowledge that we recognize that what we have or what we accomplish isn’t, for the most part, because we’re a solo act. It’s because we’re part of something bigger.

Chances to prove power of protocol

It may seem like the campaigns leading to Tuesday’s General Election have been interminable. But, now, here we are only a few days away from the big vote.
The beautiful thing is no matter who wins or who loses, this country will continue. We may rant for a few days if our particular candidates don’t win, but we know — and we expect — the transition will be seamless. No bloodshed. No curfews. No soldiers in the streets. Just business as usual.
And that’s something to celebrate.

Homer News Editorial

Gaye Wolfe leaves spirit of generosity

Homer is poorer today after the death earlier this week of one of its more endearing residents, but it remains richer for having had Gaye Wolfe in its midst. Ms. Wolfe — she would want to be called Gaye — died Sunday at Alaska Regional Hospital after a short illness. 

Random thoughts on Homer High students, Oct. 2 election, gas line

Lesson learned: The teens who spoke at Thursday night’s meeting at the Mariner Theatre reminded adults of something important: The majority of students at Homer High School are living lives that can make their community proud. Most of them don’t get into trouble. They don’t condone the behavior that’s made headlines. In fact, many of them are involved in programs that are designed to make the world a healthier, safer place to live. Students who spoke were noticeably — and understandably — proud of their school and its accomplishments.


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