Letters

Class saves money, time

I would like to publicly thank Lisa Nordsrom. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to take the Marine Safety Drill Instructor class. I don't think our family can thank you enough. This will save us a lot of money and time. Now we can go fishing safely, and we have you to thank for that.
Dennis Martishev and Timon Reutov
Editor's Note: January is National Mentoring Month. The following letters are from community members who are mentoring through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Homer. To find out how you can mentor, see Susan Kirn's Point of View piece on this page.

U.N. Environmental Assembly compliments Homer, CACS

o the people of Kachemak Bay and friends and supporters of The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies:
Working for the United Nations and its Environment Programme (UNEP) is not a straightforward matter as we often do not see the results of our efforts until later, and sometimes much later, than the day we finish the project or report that consumes us in the short term.

Is Fiscal Cliff our Dred Scott case?


Clancy Hughes, thank you for your excellent Point of View piece printed last week. You introduced forthrightly the possibility of Civil War brought closer by the provocations of the Tea Party in the U.S. House. The Great Civil War of 1860 was likewise provoked by a 1857 U.S. Supreme Court decision (famously called "The Dred Scott Case"). The Court established that "All blacks -- slaves as well as free -- were not and could never become citizens of the United States and therefore have no right to sue in a court of law."

DOT plan bad for moose, people


The Department of Transportation's brush-cutting activity is making Kenai Peninsula roads more dangerous for moose/vehicle collisions. The DOT is clear cutting the entire right of way from Soldotna to Homer with a three-year cycle recutting plan. DOT has already clear cut 200 feet on the east side and 100 feet on the west side of the Sterling Highway from Ninilchik north 10 miles.

Thanks for interviews


• I would like to publicly thank Jessie Cashman, human resource director of South Peninsula Hospital, for the time she spent to come to Voznesenka and give me and my classmates' interviews. I got to experience what an interview feels like and learned new things about South Peninsula Hospital such as what jobs are available and what someone must do to get a job. We greatly appreciate her support and involvement in our education.
Savely Kalugin and Kirick Reutov

No prank; it's a felony


Whoever stole the stand-ups of Johnathan and Andy out of the crab pot at the Time Bandit Store probably thought it was just a prank. However, it happens to be a felony, since they were worth about $800. It cost almost $400 just to ship them up here.
The theft has been reported to the police. The stand-ups can be returned in good condition and the lock and chain replaced now without any other consequences.

Fire lessons learned


I would like to publically thank Jason Boyle and Steve Miller of Kachemak Emergency Services, for showing us Voznesenka students how to use a fire extinguisher. It helped me a lot; I also learned a few good things about fire extinguishers, like always have a bigger extinguisher, (as people say "the bigger the better"). I hope you enjoyed this experience as much as I did. Thank you again.
Avraam Kalugin

Gifts help readers

 
Thank you to Delta Kappa Gamma and the Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club for your generous donations toward the West Homer Elementary Lexile Program. Your support makes a big difference as we transform our library and enhance our reading program to meet the needs of our students.
Lisa Whip
West Homer Elementary
Lexile Project

Safety class appreciated


I would like to publicly thank Lisa Nordstrom, a teacher at Voznesenka school. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to take the Marine Safety Drill Instructor class. I learned a lot from that class and now I know what to do when there's an abandoned ship or a fire. This class will save us a lot of money and time. Now we can go fishing safely and I thank you for making this class happen. Your efforts to keep us safe are appreciated.
Alex Sanarov

Fundraiser helps HHA

The men of the Homer Hockey Association would like to thank all the people who bought tickets in the recent "cord of wood" raffle. The raffle was to raise funds for all the coaches that give their time and money to the rink with little recognition, this was our way of saying thank you to them. All coaches are now able to play in the men's hockey league for free until the end of the season. Two cords of wood were raffled off, one of the winners donated their cord to the American Legion to give to a "Share the Spirit" family.

Shelter dogs now get training


Homer Animal Friends raffled four stuffed animals on Dec. 11. We would like to thank all the people who supported us by purchasing tickets. Big thanks to Ruth Frye for sharing her booth with us at the Nutcracker Faire and another thank-you to Safeway for allowing us to set up a table and sell tickets in the store.

Thanks for sharing the spirit


It takes a village to feed a community and it takes a community to share the spirit. We are very thankful for such a supportive community of more than a hundred volunteers and donors that helped the Share the Spirit Spaghetti Feed successfully reach its goal. All the proceeds went to the holiday baskets for those less fortunate in our community.

Food tax hurts poor the most


I do not believe that food should be taxed all year. This is because sales tax is a regressive tax and places a larger burden on the disadvantaged, elderly and handicapped citizens. A regressive tax means the less income you have, the greater the percentage of your income goes to that tax and so the bigger the impact on the budgets of the disadvantaged.

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