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.

Micciche polarizes with SB 120

Behold, Micciche the Magnificent. For his latest trick, Sen. Peter Micciche pre-filed SB 120, a measure guaranteed to turn that frown upside down for the Jerry Prevo gay-bashing crowd while infuriating just about everyone else who has any compassion for our LGBT brothers and sisters.   

But getting scolded for fanning the flames of hatred is a small price to pay if it keeps folks from asking more penetrating questions.

Homer really does share the spirit

Another holiday season has passed and once again our Homer community looks forward to a new year. Though these types of letters have been consistent through the years, it remains ever worthy of redundancy. Once again the people and businesses of Homer have reflected the very essence of what Share The Spirit is all about. 

Murre story well worth 75 cents

Kudos to Michael Armstrong for his story on the current situation with the death of murres. His article is much more informative and balanced than recent stories in the Anchorage paper and television news outlet reports. 

You’re right — his article was well worth the cost of the paper.

Bernie Gareau

Gazebo vs. Parking

How is it that the lousiest of ideas can always gather a fan club? Parking on the Homer Spit in the summer is already a nightmare, and now there’s an effort underway that will make the problem even worse by planting a gazebo where the old harbormaster building once stood. 

The wizards in charge have already eliminated scores of spaces by widening the boardwalk and installing landscaping and a 10-foot halibut hook at the intersection to the load and launch ramp. 

KHLT appreciates grant support

Kachemak Heritage Land Trust would like to thank the city of Homer for the grant support we received in 2015 as administered through the Homer Foundation. This grant supported our mission, conserving the natural heritage of the Kenai Peninsula for future generations. These partially matched funds were spent on local projects including important community collaborations through multiple partnership opportunities we had throughout the year. 


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