Letters

Proud mom thanks Fireweed

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.

Appreciating blessing of Homer life


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.

Inauguration Day address inspiring


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.”

Applause for teen talent


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.
Sharon Whytal

Here’s to more beautiful music


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.
Emmet Meyer

 

Signs are up; let it snow


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.

Where were spill response vessels?


In regarding the inability to address pollution from the Jakolof Bay incident, the public needs to be aware that even after the gulf spill, this is the kind of response technology and ineffectiveness that will be used in the Arctic, Upper Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound and, from extensive research, across the globe. Where were the oil spill response vessels that parade on the water drills close to the Homer Spit and jack-up rig?

Gas line objection deadline is Friday


Hear ye! Hear ye!  Enstar and the city of Homer are standing at the back of the church, getting ready to walk up the aisle. If you approve, throw rice. If you object, write a letter to the city. Correction: You must write a letter to the city, as all do-nothings will be counted as yes votes. At the time of this writing, 316 objections had been received; approximately 1,600 more are needed to void this marriage. 

Don’t blame mentally ill for violence


Lately there have been many issues discussed relating to the gun violence debate that our nation has been having.  One of these issues has been mental illness. While I believe it is good for us as a country to look at how we treat our mentally ill, I do worry that discussing the mentally ill in the context of gun violence will perpetuate the stereotype of the mentally ill being violent.

Public schools: Taxes well spent


As a progressive, freedom-loving independant, with a penchant for focusing on the flaws in our political system, who reads Howard Zinn and Harpers and appreciates a good political demonstration, I have found myself reminded daily of how much I love and appreciate this country. How I’m even considering slapping on a “love it or leave it” bumper sticker and maybe an American flag antenna cozy for good measure.

Thanks is all that can be said

Thank you seems like such a small thing to say to everyone but that is all we can say. We won’t even attempt to name names for fear of leaving someone out. Thank you to everyone. Those that searched on the ground and in the air, coordinated, donated and prepared food for the searchers, sanded the yard, kept Brittany company, called or messaged just to tell us we were in their thoughts, held our hand all night, the hospital staff, those that brought Steve’s machine home ... and most of all to those that prayed for Steve’s return. You are all our heroes.

Businesses support mentoring

For National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank the following businesses who provided 2-for-1 discounts to our Bigs and Littles when they met for mentoring activities during 2012:  Jelly Beans Ice Cream & Gifts, Homestead Restaurant, Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery, Cosmic Kitchen, Land’s End Resort, Two Sisters Bakery, Homer Bookstore, Boss Hoggz, Boardwalk Bakery, Tangles Hair Salon, Homer Theater, Homer Shotokan Karate Club, Damselfly Hair Salon, Pratt Museum, True North Kayaking, Ashore Water Taxi, Pier One,  Homer Council

City has good concept for gas, but implementation plan needs work

I am a proponent of bringing natural gas to Homer, mainly because of the environmental benefits. However, in the absence of a long-term gas contract and projected shortages, be prepared for the very real possibility of substantial price hikes. You can bet that with huge potential profits to be reaped in Asia and Europe, our gas will be liquefied and exported.

Thanks to everyone who helped search for snowmachiner Steve Craig

We would like to thank everyone in the community who volunteered their time, energy and support for the search and rescue of Steve Craig. It is impossible to individually list every person who helped in the search, but we would like to mention a few: Kachemak Emergency Services, Pathfinder Aviation, Home Run Oil and CCL.
Phil Needham
Snomads Search and Rescue
www.homersnomads.org

Alaska delegation earns thanks

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) recently approved a restructured observer program that extends observer coverage to Alaska’s small boat fleet.  With the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) taking over observer deployment, the industry-funded restructured program increases the cost of an observer day from the current $400 to approximately $1,000.  

Congressional Republicans threaten fabric of the nation

In a speech just delivered President Obama asserted: “They (congressional Republicans) will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. … The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip.” He continued: “America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they’ve already racked up.”

anuary is National Mentoring Month. The following letters are from community members who are mentoring through the Big Brothers

My Teen Sis and I have been matched for about two and one-half years now, and I've seen her grow from a skinny little 11-year-old to a slender and graceful teenager. She is naturally reserved, and sometimes our visits are pretty perfunctory, with gaps of silence between us. But sometimes her enthusiasm bubbles out and she shares stories about school projects or activities with friends or little insights about her family. I love those visits and they always rekindle my enthusiasm for being a Big Sister.

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