Over the years, I have heard many fishermen in this community say that bycatch in the trawl fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is wrong and that if only we could do something about it, the stakeholders in this fishery or that would be better off.
We really enjoyed having Matt Andersen come in and sing to us. He inspired many of the students here at the Flex High School. We would like to thank Gail Edgerly from the Homer Council on the Arts for bringing him in. He was very skilled with the guitar, and many of us had a lot of questions which he answered with interesting and thoughtful responses. We look forward to another adventurous guest to come in and enlighten us some more.
Samanthan Inman and the Flex inhabitants
Boy Scout Troop 555 recently completed a shed-building project and would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous contributions of supplies and cash donations: American Legion Post 16, The Home Depot of Kenai, Monty Wilhusen, Rick Paulsrud, Jennifer Poss, Paul Raymond, Roberta Harris, Jay and Elise Boyer, Deanna Caitlin, Bill Bechtol, Dan Rediske and a large anonymous cash donor. We appreciate the support of this community as our boys learn and grow through this great organization.
Troop 555 Committee Chair
We would like to thank Steve and Noko Yoshida, Jane Little and the Homer Rotary clubs for their tremendous support in sending Katherine Dolma and Taylor Ellison to the Rotary Global Peace Forum in Honolulu, Hawaii. Not only did we have a fantastic time, we learned a lot and received more support for our project, CAMP.
Commander Turner, Adjutant Clarke and membership of American Legion General Buckner Post 16 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16:
The Raise-a-Reader program sponsored by the Homer Homemakers FCE will be able to continue providing books to area newborns and their families at the South Peninsula Hospital because of your kind and generous donation of $500. We also wish to thank Sandy Stark for her promotion of this program to your organization.
The United States is on the road to recovery from 30 years of Bush-Reagan fascism. Except for having the airports in Anchorage and Washington, D.C., named for two of the worst hard-core fascist criminals of the 20th century, and the five fascist Justice majority U.S. Supreme Court, Bush-Reagan fascism is receding into history.
Third installment of why I love this country and why I love paying taxes: The department of fire and life safety.
As owner of a small business I have had my share of frustrating encounters trying to get the appropriate permits to conduct my business. I've shaken my fists, written a few angry emails and even contacted legislators.
Looking back at 2012, the Homer Community Food Pantry has seen a gradual pattern of growth over our 21 years. Of our total income, 4 percent came from fundraisers (dinner, bake sale); 15 percent from grants, and a whopping 81 percent (3 percent more than 2011) came from private contributions from our own community. It is truly a beautiful thing -- our community.
Flex students greatly enjoyed the opportunity to listen to Matt Andersen. Our best thanks go out to the Homer Council on the Arts. Mr. Andersen’s voice was so raw and unique, a real treat to the ears. Bringing in such a great artist was a real mood booster for all of the students here at Flex. Our gratitude towards the Homer Council on the Arts is tremendous. We cannot express in enough words how much we enjoyed and how thankful we were to experience Matt Andersen. Thank you again. Megan Stanish Flex student
Second installment of why I love our country and why I love paying taxes: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Brilliant. My parents are incredibly hard working and generous. They spent nearly 30 years building a full and prosperous life here in Homer. Self employed and under-insured, a devastating illness took them to the brink.
This week the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, funded with public money, is holding an “Industry Outlook Forum.” On the agenda are Enstar, Buccaneer, Pebble and Donlin Gold — all corporate, extractive development proponents funded by big international banks. In the 1970s I lived in Denmark. There was a school there at the time, a folk high school for people in their late teens and 20s. They needed to power their residential school.
Who was it that said “Every time a new law or regulation is passed, citizens have a little less freedom”? No truer is that than now. Gov. Sean Parnell has introduced House Bill 77, which cuts the citizen right to appeal a number of agency decisions on development issues. By prohibiting a comment period, this bill would restrict Alaskans’ right to participate in the public process. Gov. Parnell has encircled himself with sycophants who implement his dogmas and now he is preventing citizens from expressing objections to his policies.
The latest buzz is, that everyone needs to pay their fair share. While we all know this will never be reality, we need to ask ourselves what is fair. My one neighbor has a nicer house than I, my other neighbor has a newer and better pickup than my old beater. Currently some people want to heat with gas, other will choose other methods. This choice is based on many factors. One of the biggest is cost to heat our homes. Those who want to use oil, propane, firewood, electric or even ground source heat pumps do so based upon choices they have made.
What could be less fair than making people who don’t want natural gas to subsidize the costs of those that do want it? What is not fair to all is not fair to any. Frank Griswold
I moved to Homer in the spring of 2011 and was happy to find a charter school without a long waiting list. Before coming to Homer my son had attended elementary schools in both Oregon and Maui. Fireweed Academy has by far exceeded any of those experiences. At Fireweed we get the benefits of creative hands-on projects, theme based learning, a lot of attention to meet his needs and personality such as a private or home school environment.
At first I felt a pang in my stomach when I heard Obama speak of Ronald Reagan as an ally to ban semi-automatic weapons. I spent the summer of ’80 in MCRD, San Diego. President Ronald Reagan was my Commander-in-Chief and if he had given the order to use my rifle to mow down anybody who disagreed with him, whether it was Iranians, communists, hippies or welfare mothers, I would have done so and afterward eaten a hearty meal and slept like a baby. We loved and believed in him that much.
I got this straight from the mouth of Black Berry Bog Brahman, who fashions himself a channel for old Abe Lincoln: “Save the Grand Old Party: end the Tea Party’s stranglehold in 2014.”
Anyway, wasn’t President Obama’s inauguration speech great? Listening to him, on the same day of Martin Luther King Day, I couldn’t help recalling King’s words: “We may have all come on different ships but we are all in the same boat now.”
Thanks to the many teens in our community who shared some of your talents with the community at the recent DDF event. Your dedication, humor, brilliant thinking and courage inspire me; we are so fortunate to have you share your gifts with us onstage and about town. I am still smiling ... Thank you.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club for the scholarship award. I am greatly honored to receive this gift. I look forward to continuing my musical playing and composition as I move on from the club. The orchestra has meant so much to me; without a strings program in Homer schools, the Youth Orchestra presents the only opportunity for aspiring string musicians to play in an ensemble. I greatly appreciate this opportunity — thank you.
Looking for skiable snow? Check out the McNeil Canyon ski trails. Many thanks to Derek Stonorov and John Fitzpatrick for erecting the trailhead kiosk last fall. Marie Alexson painted the beautiful sign identifying the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s role in establishing and maintaining those trails. Thanks to these folks for their volunteer work and support of our ski trail system.