Keep those ideas coming

I have just finished reading 53 pages of local comments from the latest MAPP "Community Strengths and Themes" survey results. Maybe you are tired of these surveys, but they can serve to tell us the pulse of our community. They are a way to hear what people are thinking and feeling. MAPP stands for "Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership" -- it's a process for community wide, community driven health improvement. Put simply, here on the southern peninsula it is a group of organizations and interested individuals working together to improve community health.

Skier lends helping hand

Thanks to cross-country skier, Katie: On Wednesday, Feb. 27, you went above and beyond to help two gals who were mixed up on where they were on the trail. With your directions and trail markers helping us, we made it back to our car before dark. Thanks again, Katie. Happy trails to you.

Betty and Sue Brown

Land trust appreciates support

Thank you to the KLEPS Fund and the Tin Roof Fund of the Homer Foundation for their support of the statewide meeting of Alaskan Land Trusts. Together the Alaskan Land Trust community works to preserve the critical habitats that make Alaska special. These meetings help us to develop long-term strategies and best practices to deal with the perpetual protection of land. This wouldn't be possible without the generous funding from the Homer Foundation.

Does Alaska lead in women's rights?

Vic Fischer, 88, is an Alaska treasure.

Editor Lori Evans quoted from John Pugh, a longtime Fischer friend, "Fischer likes to share his experiences and achievements...for civic purposes so you will look at his life and know you can do that too." (Homer News, Feb. 28) Fischer's book, "To Russia with Love" describes living a life of excitement and upholding the principles of rights and freedom.

Parent-principal conflict not news

First, let me disclose that my wife is on the staff at Homer High School, that I have exchanged small pleasantries with Dr. Alan Gee at school functions, that I count among my closest friends several current and former Homer High School teachers, that one of my oldest and dearest friends in Alaska is a longtime Homer News staffer and that one of the Tribune's higher-ups is an old grad school acquaintance whom I have always liked and admired.

Plastic bags should have been taxed

I wonder how many of our city council members have noticed how many paper bags are now back in circulation. It would have made a lot more sense to have allowed the decomposible plastic bags to be used. They could have added a small tax on them and used the money to purchase and service small multipurpose recycling bins around town.

Suspicious of roundabout research

Now that the prospect of a roundabout at the corner of Main and the Sterling Highway is coming closer to reality I decided to do some online research about the safety of roundabouts compared to traffic signals. It's not that I don't trust our public officials ... oh yeah ... it is that I don't trust them.

Begich, EPA trying to do right thing

Sen. Mark Begich deserves a lot of credit for his recent comments on the EPA study of the proposed Pebble Mine.

The two Homer residents who wrote about the issue last week completely hit the nail on the head: The foreign companies who want to build Pebble should be thankful that the EPA is analyzing this project. The Bristol Bay watershed is one of the most dynamic, seismological and hydrological networks in the world; if their project won't qualify for the permits, we should all know that now before any more time is wasted.

Parental support appreciated

This weekend the Homer Middle School Huskies hosted the borough wrestling tournament. Because of all the involvement from our wrestlers and their parents we were able to put on an event to be proud of. All 10 HMS wrestlers had parents or family members there on Saturday to support them, all 10 HMS wrestlers placed in the top four. Without this family support and involvement we would not have reached the level of success we saw this season or this weekend. Thank you, parents.
We also would like to thank the Anchor Point parents who helped run the event.

Seniors appreciate support

As usual, our community has been there to help the seniors by supporting their senior center. We would like to thank the following for their recent donations and commitment to ensuring we are able to provide the best possible care.
Thank you multiple times to Jolee Ellis for the brand new tool box (with tools), account with Spenard Builders, and the brand new CD/radio player. Now we can more adequately do small repairs and enjoy listening to our CDs. We at Friendship Center Adult Day Services sincerely appreciate the generosity of this friend of ours.

A perspective from elsewhere

We've been observing the various "Letters to th Editor" and "Points of View" regarding the gas, sewer and water lines being debated in the Homer area.
We have a small vacant lot in southern Wisconsin on a lake near the Illinois border. When our sewer and water lines were put in 15 years ago, the town fathers and mothers realized that half of the owners were either retired or soon-to-be. They decided to extend the timed payments to 20 and 40 years, so we pay $66 and $175 yearly or just over $20 per month for the utility portion of our property taxes.

Paul Banks appreciates Mariners

The Paul Banks staff would like to thank Amy Christianson and the members of the Homer High DDF team that took time out of the their busy high school day to support the Paul Banks Readathon last week with a visit to our school. So nice to have all of our community sharing our enthusiasm for reading. Thank you, Mariners.
Wendy Todd
Paul Banks Elementary

Gifts help area youth

We send our thanks to the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown and the Homer Foundation for their recent gift in support of the R.E.C. Room (youth Resource and Enrichment Co-op), a program of the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic.

Chamber director apologizes for tone of Point of View piece

I was wrong.
Not in what I said, but the way I said it.
If you read what I said carefully you will see that I did not say one negative thing about farming or farmers. Indeed, I hold them in high regard. If I had not spoken so caustically I would not have offended one of them to the point they felt they needed to respond with a letter. I apologize for that tone.

Fighting hunger in Anchor Point

The Anchor Point Food Pantry would like to give Pastor Milt Michener, and The Great Land Worship Center a "special thank you" for the donation of the proceeds from their recent fourth annual Sportsman Dinner to our all-volunteer pantry.
We also would like to thank all of the community for showing their support, and the Homer Community Food Pantry for all that they do for us.
And now with this generous donation we will be able to continue our fight against hunger.

More thoughts about 9/11

I am a pious Scots-Irish Presbyterian Christian and I provide a synopsis and a clue about the 9/11 fall of the World Trade Towers.
Synopsis: The Towers fell fast. It took only 15 seconds -- the same time as for a dropped softball. This astonishing speed forces the conversation: "Cascading concrete slabs engage in successive inelastic collisions.
Reaction (inertial) forces from next-stricken slabs provide the only restraining (fall-slowing) forces. Applied (bracing) forces are absent. Brace-removing explosives are suspect."

HB80 not in Alaskans' best interests

Gov. Parnell has proposed legislation to allow cruise ships to dump "partially" treated sewage and heavy metals in Alaska state waters. HB80 would overturn the 2006 citizens' initiative to regulate the cruise ship industry. As a commercial fisherman, I am strongly opposed to HB80. This act would harm Alaska's fisheries and tarnish our reputation.


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