With the results of the recent election, I hope and pray that draining the swamp will help make America great again. We Alaskans have some very dirty water in our muskeg and we need to let our elected officials know that they will have to work diligently and across party lines to save our state from the financial crisis we are in.
My heart goes out to the Palmer family and community shocked by their tragic loss of a young life. A few years ago a preventable event brought the community of Homer together to address the behavior of violence. The work continues today.
Green Dot Alaska trainers are educating the community on safe bystander intervention. The City of Homer employees and police officers, Homer High and Flex students and teachers, as well as bartenders, civic groups, businesses and individuals have all been trained. You have made a difference. Thank you.
Another successful Nutcracker Faire
ushers in Homer’s holiday season
Homer Council on the Arts ushered in 2016 holiday season with another tremendous Nutcracker Faire. We heard so many compliments from both vendors and attendees that the Faire was one of the best experiences in decades.
As HCOA’s board and staff, we want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make it happen. We extend a huge shout out to our Kenai Peninsula artists for your effort and hours of preparation that provide a variety of wares and an abundance of creativity.
Assembly should start meetings
with some silent contemplation
Dear Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly,
As you once again will be visiting the policy on invocations I would like to put in my two cents’ worth.
The Preludes Steering Committee and first grade class at Paul Banks wish to thank the businesses and individuals who provided us with a beautiful birch plywood storage cabinet to store our violins. Spenard Building Supply gave us a generous discount on lumber and supplies necessary to build the storage cabinet; Conrad Schaad donated the cost for lumber and supplies; Derek Bynagle donated many hours to build the cabinet; and Amso’s Carpets donated carpet to line the shelves.
The true color of liberals come out when they don’t get their way. I have been flipped off more times than I can count because of who I supported for president, by people you would think are responsible adults. Come to find out they aren’t adults — just overgrown snowflakes who throw tantrums when they don’t get their way.
Hillary supporters are obviously just as crooked as she is because they have been stealing yard signs and causing hate and unrest.
This fall Homer area Girl Scouts had an awesome opportunity to make a trip across the bay to Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ Peterson Bay Field Station. It is with deep appreciation to the May Benson Charitable Fund, the KLEPS Fund, and the Homer Foundation for making it possible for us to offer scholarships and reduced costs so that no girl was turned away. Thank you also to Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Mako’s Water Taxi and True North Kayak for discounts that allowed local Girl Scouts to experience the wonders of our precious Kachemak Bay.
I just left messages at the offices of Senator Murkowski (202-224-6665), Senator Sullivan (202-224-3004), and Representative Young (202-225-5765), urging them to speak out against President Elect Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon as his top advisor. Steve Bannon made his news site Breitbart a platform for white supremacists. He has made antisemitic statements and has supported sexual predators, and been accused of domestic violence.
Finally, a group of state legislators is really going to get to work on a sustainable fiscal plan to get our state out of the dire financial mess we are in. This is wonderful news! These Alaskans — Republicans, Independents and Democrats — will be in the caucus working together to solve our state’s huge budget problem.
Paul Seaton is a problem solver. He has been working tirelessly to tackle our state’s fiscal challenges. Early in the process, he took the time to gather informed input from any Alaskan willing to take the time to give it.
In this time of them-and-us mentality, when attempted manipulation and intimidation abound, Paul Seaton has sought fair and balanced solutions that will require something from all of us and in return will strengthen Alaska’s fiscal future for all of us.
He has my admiration and enthusiastic support.
In response to Leonard Miller’s Nov. 17 Letter to the Editor “Is Seaton a ‘tricker’ or ‘treater’?”:
Like you, I, too, was raised Republican in a small Iowa town. If you didn’t go to church on Sunday, you stayed home. Stores were closed. Conformity was the way.
The family of Ken Jones expresses their gratitude for so much generous and gracious care during this time.
We sincerely thank fellow seiners who left the harbor to search, the U.S. Coast Guard, Homer Police Department, those who organized the memorial, accommodations for out- of-town family, those who gave food, flowers, and friendship, South Peninsula Hospital staff, and many others.
Donations in Ken’s name may be made to Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, Cook Inletkeeper, or the Pratt Museum.
We live in an amazing community that is always compassionate in times of need.
The newly expanded City of Homer Parks, Arts, Recreation, and Culture Advisory Commission has been busy as usual absorbing the concerns and accolades of the community, and formulating strategies and goals for the future. We are excited to have expanded out from seven to 10 commissioners, and welcome the new additions of Clark Fair and Jonathan Sharp.
A few years ago, I sat down beside Lisa Zatz at a Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies meeting. She and her husband Daniel were facing a decision: shall they buy a home or a camera. Now women, how many of you faced with that decision would buy a camera. No one?
But that is what Lisa and Daniel did.
The 2016 presidential election is behind us and many have taken to the streets in protest, some have attended special church services, some have simply reached out to family and friends to share their anguish. Meanwhile, their counterparts have enjoyed a surprise victory and are elated to learn their candidate has emerged victorious in spite of dire predictions and rebuke. The upshot is that criticism of the Electoral College by both sides has become the bold new national criticism. Surely it’s antiquated. Surely it must go. Surely we can do better.
What a show of support we received from our amazing community for the Homer Community Food Pantry’s Fourth Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser. Since 500-600-plus cans of food go out the door weekly, the donations received will give us a much needed boost in the arm to help purchase food in the coming months.
This whole event could not happen without the many, many wonderful folks who helped.
As many of you already know, late last week Rep. Paul Seaton joined a coalition of 17 Democrats, two Independents and three Republicans to form a majority in the House of Representatives. In order to offer an important perspective on the question in the title, I’m going to open the discussion with part of a letter from Sandy Greiner that I cut from the Kalona (Iowa) News in 2008. In the past Sandy has been elected to both the Iowa House and Senate from the 45th District, near where I was born and raised.
The headline of the Anchorage newspaper, Thursday, Nov. 10: “Trump’s victory is met with shock across a wide political divide.” Not exactly sure to whom they were referring though.
These words are followed by some reference to riots and so-called protests by what can only be described by a bunch of whiney little cry babies.
The whole world is watching us — now more than ever. And our children are watching us.
I hope and pray that in the next four years — no matter what your stand, your religion, your political party, your race, your gender, your preferences, your status —
That you choose kindness over righteousness,
build bridges instead of walls,
value dignity and respect over bullying and intimidation,
As a fisherman, small businessman, and father, I want to thank Sen. Lisa Murkowski for all she has done for our great state and its residents. I think the fact that she was born in Alaska has given her the insights to know what we need to succeed. She has spent her entire career working for the best interest of Alaskans and has fought to keep our fisheries healthy and sustainable and our small business competitive.