Letters

Homer hospital has my allegiance

March 29 I sat in a “town” meeting to hear the report of the Stroudmeyer leader who has worked with a Health Task Force representing the Kenai Peninsula.

Why wasn’t this meeting announced sooner? Why was it held at 12:30-1 p.m. when most people were at work? I am so disappointed in that fact.

Grant helps student garden grow

Last year our school, Homer Flex High School, received a grant from the Homer Farmers Market to fund our garden. With this money we were able to purchase soil amendments, planting supplies, and garden tools. 

During last spring over half our student population participated in planting seed starts, and prepping and planning the garden. 

Over the course of the summer a few students volunteered to help manage the garden. In the fall we had an amazing carrot crop and made fermented veggies. 

Listen as kids inspire kids at these free, family concerts

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club (HYSOC) believes that kids inspire kids. HYSOC would like to thank the Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) and their generous donors and the Sheldon Youth to Youth Fund for believing in our mission.  

We received a $500 grant to purchase music for the 2015-2016 season, resulting in an exciting and diverse group of songs to choose from for our performances. You will hear everything from Mozart and Telemann to fiddle tunes and Star Wars at our upcoming concerts.

Homer doesn’t need legal pot

I took to heart what Jerry Petryha said in his letter to the editor about allowing marijuana sales in Homer and how it will have a negative effect on our community.

I have lived in Homer since 1975 and have seen the abuse of drugs escalate in our town. Spice, heroin, methamphetamine, yep, we have it all now in our little town. Now we may have a marijuana shop on every corner.

The rest of the story on testimony about cannabis before council

Last week I was quoted by a local paper, regarding my comments on the cannabis issue, at the Homer City Council meeting. Sadly, only a few words of what I said were printed, which on their own communicate a different message than intended.

First I was compelled to comment on the council’s request to hold another public vote on the issue. I believe this to be an on-going waste of local, state and federal money. It will continue to be so if a changed approach is not embraced.

Did you get that from my quote? Don’t think so.

Legislators, don’t touch PFD

The words “Permanent Fund Dividend” or “PFD” should in no way enter any part of any conversation related to our state’s budget shortfalls. Period. They are totally unrelated. About 25 years or so ago the state was going through a major budget crisis. We told them then, now tell them again: Legislators, keep your filthy hands off our PFD! It belongs to us not you. It is not yours to spend or alter. It’s not in your bank account, it is in ours. 

Great event has lots of support

You might be pleased to learn that the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club hosted its Kachemak Ski Marathon this past Saturday at Lookout Mountain Ski Trails. Three events were scheduled for the day:  a 13.7 kilometer tour, a 21 kilometer race, and a 42 kilometer race.  The events began and ended in Schwiesow Stadium beneath a bluebird sky.  Skiers rallied for these events from Homer and the surrounding area, as well as from communities throughout the road system in Alaska.

Homer supports its youth

We would like to thank the community of Homer for supporting the local youth. As you may have noticed, there have been colorful and creative Live Action Role Playing,  also known at LARP, events taking place.  This LARP group is open to all community members, but a large number are middle or high school students. It’s an activity that encourages outdoor play and everything from sewing and writing, up to sword and shield crafting.

Seaton puts Alaskans first

We can all be proud of Rep. Paul Seaton’s efforts to assure Alaska’s oil industry pays  a fair share of the budget shortfall our state is facing. Cuts to subsidies currently paid to oil companies as well as increased taxes and reduced tax credits are necessary to be sure that the burden of this financial crises is spread fairly between all segments of Alaska’s economy.

Elected officials repeatedly disregard will of voters

I am disturbed by a trend in our current political climate: Elected officials repeatedly disregarding the expressed will of the people.  

We live in a community that is enclosed in layers of governments, one encasing another, like Russian dolls. On the local level, we have a city government that is a mix of a representative democracy and a direct democracy. That is, we elect fellow citizens to represent our will, but we also have to power to express our will directly through referenda.  

Kindness of strangers appreciated

To the good Samaritans in the Safeway parking lot on Friday evening, Feb. 26: Michelle, Kien Wilkenson, the young man in the brown sweatshirt, Julie and Don and any others I may have missed. I hope you know how your caring helped to reaffirm the true existence and impact of the kindness of strangers. 

With much gratitude,

Linda Munns

Just say no to pot sales

I have visited the Homer and Anchor Point area many times during the past years and I have a comment on the upcoming vote on whether to allow marijuana sales, growth and production.

Say no, please.

I live in Los Angeles where the sale is legal, but for medical purposes only. Now there are pot-selling stores on every corner it seems. 

Silencing mushers will not slide

 At the Iditarod checkpoint of Rohn in the 2014 race, I was amazed by the diversity of mushers: men and women, young and old, Alaskan Native to Jamaican. Nearly every musher looked completely different from the next, from carbon fiber sleds to one homemade from hockey sticks, to dog teams fed on wild Alaskan salmon, to mushers with sponsor logos on dog booties. I was convinced that the Iditarod truly is the Last Great Race because of the highly self-reliant individuals that dedicate their lives to the challenge.

Seniors big contributors to economy

I am so disgusted with our city council classifying the seniors as a burden to our community of Homer. I personally think that they all need to give us an apology for this statement. If they are disgusted with us, then it is time for them all to move out of Homer and move on with their lives. This point made — did any of us see an article written after the Dec. 7, 2015, council meeting passing Resolution 15-111 which requests the Alaska State Legislature to amend the statue in regards to property tax exemption for homes of seniors. Also, behind our backs, Rep.

Seaton, council wrong about seniors

Just about all the money that Bill and I earn on our fixed income goes right back into the Homer community. You can ask the myriad contactors and repair persons, the lawn maintenance companies, the utilities, city of Homer itself, our veterinarian, dog groomer, grocery store, excavator, house painter, gas company, plumber, electrician, etc. etc. etc. just how much money we have poured into this community in the time we have lived here. You can also ask the many places that have benefitted from volunteer work done out of this household.

UA spending essential to future

Editor’s Note: The following is an open letter to the Legislature that was submitted for publication.

My name is John Fenske, I live in Homer, since 1978 after living in Anchorage. I have been involved with the college in Homer beginning in 1982 and have served on its advisory board from the incorporation of the Community College into the University of Alaska in 1986.

I would like to speak to the university budget.

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