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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I strongly support construction of a new police station, minus the $1.297 million firing range. However, I oppose locating the new station at the HERC site unless the design team produces an acceptable conceptual plan for both the police station and a future fire station on this site.
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.
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,
Commenting as a lifelong Alaskan and senior citizen — the outrage being expressed by seniors against the Homer City Council and Rep. Paul Seaton for seeking local control over property tax is too harsh. It’s also quite forgetful of the mess my generation has gotten this state and country into.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here it is: The much requested and late as usual report on the Share the Spirit Food and Gift Basket Program. 2015 was another successful year, and this was due to the whole-hearted support from the community. We thank each and everyone of you.
Someone asked me recently what problem I had with having Hillary Clinton for president? I told them in foreign policy, in too many ways, she reminds me of old Cold Warrior Margaret Thatcher, as typified by her vote in the Senate to go to war with Iraq. I believe she voted as such, because she suffers from the syndrome of proving herself being every bit as tough as a man, rather than just being a female human being every bit as strong and every bit equal to a male human being.
Having read and listened to all the brouhaha concerning marijuana (pot, cannabis, reefer) I am compelled to put in my two cents.
First off, I don’t have a dog in this fight. I don’t actually understand why there’s a dogfight. I support pot legalization, the voters have spoken and that’s it. It’s how our democracy works. We don’t just vote repeatedly over and over to get another result prior to action, OK?
It was an interesting forum at City Hall Feb. 8 and again Feb. 22, with quite a turnout, and the newspapers did a fine write up, too. However, until we reduce cannabis from a Schedule 1 drug to a lesser degree, we are wasting time, money and real education on cannabis.
Many of us would like to see a public forum at Homer or Mariner theaters to educate the masses and confirm the pros and cons of pot.
Well, I knew it was going to happen. The price of oil went down, then the state and Kenai Peninsula Borough started explaining why the snow plowing wouldn’t be so great. Explicit new schedules for removing snow with all kinds of detail and time tables explaining why they can’t do their jobs.
At its Dec. 7 meeting, the Homer City Council passed Resolution 15-111 which requests the Alaska State Legislature to amend the statue relating to property tax exemption for homes of seniors. Rep. Paul Seaton has drafted a House Bill removing seniors from the mandatory exemption list.
I am offended by the council’s resolution on many levels.
It implies that seniors are “moving to Alaska to retire or retiring in place” because of the availability of high level medical care. REALLY!