Students get 100-day school surprise

Paul Banks staff would like to thank Paul Banks PTA and Atz Kilcher for their 100-day school surprise. Playing into the Wild West Theme of the school’s Read-A-Thon, Atz Kilcher went room to room sharing music, cowboy attire, stories and even a roping trick or two. The students had many interesting questions and comments. At the end of the presentations Atz presented $100 from the PTA for the classroom teachers to use in their classrooms. Paul Banks truly appreciates the many ways our PTA supports our staff and students.

Great trails don’t just happen

The Wolf Ridge trail is in and the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club appreciates the financial support of its members, grooming support by member/volunteers, Cook Inlet Region incorporated for granting a use permit and Wise Services for snowcat grooming. The trail leaves from the McNeil Canyon Ski Trail System at Mile 12 East End Road behind McNeil Canyon Elementary School.  

Some on city council seem to think they know better than the electorate

There is a tradition in this country, and this state, of a certain group of people believing that they know better than the general population what is best for all, particularly when it comes to intoxicants and private recreation. Prohibition gave us the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This proved to be such a bad idea that the 18th is the only amendment that has ever had to be repealed, by the 21st.

Legion donations help grow readers

Thanks to the generous donations of American Legion General Buckner Post 16 to Homer Homemakers FCE for the past few years, the club has been able to expand its outreach to families in the Homer area.

Prior to receiving funding from Post 16, the club provided Raise-a-Reader packets to those parents who had babies born in May (Mother’s Day observance) and October (National FCE Week). The packets are now distributed year round through South Peninsula Hospital to all parents whose babies are born there.

Act of kindness: a beautiful gift

About two weeks before Christmas, my 99-year-old mother Nadine Pence was at Safeway admiring the poinsettias. As she was buying her groceries, a woman who she did not know gave her a beautiful poinsettia. I would like to thank this woman for her kindness.

My mother is still enjoying the beautiful plant that sits in a place of honor in her little apartment.

Again, I thank you for your thoughtfulness and I pray that God blesses you and yours.

Thank you,

Lee A. Martin

Great writers in our midst

I went to Eva Saulitis’s tribute this past Friday and walked away filled with delicacy and beauty, realizing she was one of this country’s great-great writers. I was stunned.

Going home words of Nikos Kazantzakis swirled in my head: “We come from a dark abyss and we end in a dark abyss, and we call the luminous interval life.” What an extraordinary luminous interval Eva Saulitis made, right to the very-very end. What a light. And only within the past few months did I become aware. Where have I been?

Boat House shouldn’t be a priority

Concerning the planned Boat House on the Homer Spit, a few questions come to mind: 

1. When there is already a high demand for such limited parking, how can six more spaces be found when the easiest and most tangible location would be occupied by a 45-by-35-foot building — used primarily for those wanting to meet up out of the weather?  

2. How is the city supposed to be responsible for the cost of maintaining the building when it’s already broke? 

3. How will this building be policed? 

Legislators have chance to win back people’s trust with sound fiscal plan

The nagging issue that bothers me about the fiscal crisis facing us at the state level right now is the certainty that the price of oil will go back up at some point in the future. Because of that I think our legislators should consider borrowing money from the citizens of the state in the form of interest free loans from the Permanent Fund that would be repayable after the price of oil returns to specific levels.

Is Trump working for the liberals?

I find it interesting that so many conservatives called “birthers” had problems with where President Obama was born, accusing him of having been born in Kenya, which, according to them, disqualifies him to be president. He was actually born in Hawaii, but there is no convincing them of that. Yet, these same people have no problem with making Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, president.

Cannabis industry faces obstacles

Over the next month, the Homer City Council will be discussing and deciding on an ordinance that will create some obstacles for cannabis entrepreneurs wishing to enter the legitimate industry if it were to pass in its current form.

No. 1: Limited cultivation facilities (capped at 500 square feet under cultivation) would be unable to operate in Rural Residential areas in Homer City Limits.

4-H Alls thank Ulmer’s

I wanted to thank Ulmer’s for their painting supply donation to the 4-H Alls. 

Saturday, Jan. 16, 4-H All members wrapped up their wooden boxes. A couple of members hammered in their nails to build their new boxes while other members painted and stained their boxes. Paintbrushes and stain were donated by Ulmer’s. At the end, we had eight boxes.  

Proposed expansion of cemetery raises concerns of neighbors

I built my home on Diamond Ridge in 1996 knowing that the Hickerson Memorial Cemetery was in the neighborhood. But I never dreamed that I may look out my front door and see graves. Well, this could happen if the city goes through with the proposed expansion of the cemetery.

Several weeks ago I found out from a neighbor that the city is proceeding with plans to improve this property by utilizing $88,707 of reserve funds allocated to Parks and Recreation, and $112,000 from City Hall, to complete Phase 1 of this project.

Homer Spit Boat House gets strong support to move ahead

Many thanks to the roughly 140 people who came to the public launch of one of Homer’s most exciting new projects, the Boat House — a volunteer, community-driven effort to build a maritime pavilion on the Homer Spit at the site of the old Harbormaster’s Office. 

For both locals and visitors, the Boat House will be a public space to get out of the weather. It will be a place to stage gear, meet up with families and friends, hold events, and celebrate our working harbor and maritime traditions.

Change happens

Much change has happened last eight years: The National Defense Authorization Act (sec.1021, Patriot Act, indefinite detention). The Citizens United ruling (corporations are people and allowed to buy Congress). The National ID act (you will need a passport to travel from some states to other states within the United States of America). The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, sending our jobs overseas). Obama Care (a new tax on an over taxburdened people, where health care costs rose dramatically and insurance companies profit).

Candidate seeks ‘love effort’ support

Brothers and sisters, global warming is real. Our lives and the lives of today’s children and their children are in danger. The oceans are dying. Thousands, if not millions, of people will die because of global warming if we do nothing to stop it. The good news is that we can do something to stop global warming. Every little bit helps, from recycling, to eating local and organic, driving less, riding a bicycle — it all adds up. Most importantly, each of us can help by loving each other, despite our differences. Love is the answer and the solution to global warming.

CD release story appreciated

Thank you for the wonderful article of the Whirling Rainbow Foundation’s “Holy Ground” CD Release Concert in the Jan. 7 edition. We were thrilled to have Homer residents step into our performance with their musical talent just a few days prior to the event. Thanks to our great community.


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