Voting for lesser of two evils?

The following is my opinion and I’m stuck with it!

The “presidential” election of 2016 is the choice of the lesser of two evils. One, desires to eliminate the 2nd Amendment, eventually leading to the elimination of the Constitution of the United States and leading to a dictatorship: this person is a “polished” politician and speaker and is “politically” correct. The other is none of the above and is dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution, especially the 2nd Amendment! And is not “politically” correct, and so proven! Far from polished!

The “polished” politician says the opponent does not have “experience,” so, does that mean the “polished” one was born with “experience?” How does a person get experience?

The 2nd Amendment is for the reason to eliminate the elimination of same: to protect the citizens from corrupt politicians! So we can fight back! Is there going to be another “Civil War” in this country? I thought it might have happened with the current administration! A Presidential Order?

As you might imagine, I’m not politically correct either.

Jim Hadley

Anchor Point

Let’s increase voter turnout

Homer, the results are in. In this past election, only 32 percent of registered voters voted. According to news reports, that is an excellent turnout.

Thirty-two percent on any test is considered failing. Can’t we do better?

On Thursday, Oct. 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, concerned citizens will be having a forum to hear from you about ideas to increase voter participation. Please join us that day so we can try to move forward to get more people involved in democracy.

Alex Koplin, organizer

Vote ‘yes’ to deregulate HEA

I am a former director of finance and regulatory affairs for HEA. I encourage the membership to vote “Yes” to deregulation.

Electric cooperatives are guided by seven Cooperative Principles, the second of which is Democratic Member Control. That reads, “Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.”

Member participation and a locally elected HEA Board are key to a successful HEA. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) can investigate rate setting, but it cannot drive the decisions which set rate making policy. Boards of Directors are the policy makers, and they are driven by the wishes of the membership as a whole. HEA has seen the membership voice in action numerous times.

For one example, the HEA Members Forum was successful in advocating for more transparency at board meetings. How did they do it? Through persistence and active membership — either at board meetings or by supporting turnover of board directors when those directors didn’t represent the member wishes.

The RCA cannot represent members in the board room. On the contrary, with the RCA as the final arbiter between the rate payer and rates paid, the HEA board may feel excused to abdicate their governance role to the regulatory body.

If I were still at HEA, I would strongly advocate for voting yes to deregulate HEA for two simple reasons:

1. The cost of regulation for attorneys, travel and staff time is tremendous; and

2. Real governance rests in your locally elected board of directors, not in a politically appointed regulatory board.

Carrie L. Buckley

Glencoe, Minn.

Training in Trauma-Informed Care

has potential to make big difference

A nurse, a financial manager and a therapist walk into a room … not the start of a bad joke, but a scenario that unfolded at the Land’s End Quarter Deck over two days recently. Also in the mix were counselors, teachers, social workers, advocates, executive directors and CEOs, to name just a few. 100 people gathered from the Homer area — Ninilchik to Nanwalek — and the Mat-Su Valley to learn from two national experts on Trauma-Informed Care: how to make our organizations and communities more compassionate, responsive, effective and even profitable.

This two-day training was the kickoff event for a yearlong process of assessment and planning using the lens of Trauma-Informed Care. Based on new science on the brain’s ability to heal and change, along with the biggest public health discovery of our time — the Adverse Childhood Experiences study which links stressful experiences in childhood to health outcomes later in life — the Trauma-Informed Care movement seeks to improve services, schooling and systems for everyone, whether they have experienced tough times or not. The possible outcomes for Trauma-Informed agencies are diverse: better staff retention, lower detention rates, less use of sick time, improved client satisfaction … the list goes on.

We applaud our local schools, particularly Homer High, Homer Middle, Homer Flex and the Nanwalek School for committing to this effort, along with the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic and R.E.C. Room, Ninilchik Traditional Council, South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services, South Peninsula Hospital and Sprout Family Services. A special thanks to Land’s End for being our graceful and generous hosts, and the Alaska Resilience Initiative for their support, in partnership with the Mat-Su community and six of their agencies and schools.

In gratitude,

Rachel Romberg, coordinator

Southern Kenai Peninsula Resilience Coalition

Buyer, beware

It has come to my attention that it’s almost impossible to get police or FBI coverage here. I was sold some gold coins, one-quarter ounce, at more than $600 each and when the price of gold went up I tried to sell them and found out they were counterfeit coins. I’ve called the mint and was told I only had 30 days to return each coin, then was just blown off. My case has not been investigated at all. Guess the law doesn’t exist in Homer for serious felonies. I’ve been ripped off for more than $2,400 by the United States mint. They will rip you off and the law will not help.

Luther V. Keene

To the Homer community, thank you! Once again, you opened your hearts and wallets to support the Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma’s “Back to School Supplies Project.” Because of your generosity more than 95 children, clients of the Homer Community Food Pantry, started their school year ready to learn. On the first day of school, throughout the Southern Kenai Peninsula these students went to school, with new backpacks filled with school supplies and the knowledge that their community supports them in their education.

We wish to thank all those folks who filled the donation container at Ulmer’s True Value and Homer Chamber of Commerce. Special kudos to the local service groups, the Kachemak Bay Lions, Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary, the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown Homer, the Emblem Club and the Homer Community Food Pantry, along with Homer Brewing Company, Bev Wisdom, Dave Weber, John Munns, Laura Brooks, Linda Munns, and the anonymous donors for their monetary contributions.

Thank you to the amazing members of the Faith Lutheran, Christian Community, Homer United Methodist and Glacier View Baptist churches who continue to stuff the collection boxes to the brim with backpacks and supplies. Save-U-More’s assistance with the purchasing of backpacks and school supplies was greatly appreciated. Ulmer’s and the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s housing of the donation receptacles were instrumental in helping the community participate in DKG’s “Back to School Supplies Project.” A special shout out goes to the members of the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown, who joined our members, giving their time and energy to assemble the backpacks and to Linda Munns for her social media efforts.

Thank you to East End Mini Storage for continued support of our storage needs. Their assistance helps this project be successful on a year round basis.

This is our tenth year of offering school supplies and more than 1,000 children have been helped. This project is effective only because of the community support. The ongoing collaboration is what puts the smiles on children’s faces, helping them to begin the school year on the positive note. You have truly made a difference in a child’s education.

With gratitude,

Karen Murdock

Omicron Chapter

Delta Kappa Gamma

Support helps promote literacy

Thank you so much to the Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club for your support with our West Homer Elementary Battle of the Books. One-quarter of the school student body participates directly in the Battle of the Books activities. All students have access and read the books as they are housed in the library. All books come highly recommended by school librarians throughout the state of Alaska and are lexiled and have feed back tests — adding to our lexlile program. Students grow individually and as a group through the process. Thank you for promoting literacy in our school once again this year.

The Battle of the Books Coach Team:

Robyn Walls, 3/4 coach, fourth grade teacher

Shellie Worsfold, 3/4 coach, fourth grade teacher

Katie Bynagle 3/4 coach, third grade teacher

Holly Alston, 5/6 coach, fifth grade teacher

Marjorie Dunn 5/6 coach, interventionist and Quest

Lisa Whip, Librarian

Hats off to library’s friends

Oct. 16-22, 2016, is the 11th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week, making it a good time to publicly acknowledge and thank the Friends of the Homer Public Library who contribute so much of their time and expertise to significantly enhance our services. Our Friends group was formally established in 1982, but community volunteers have been essential to providing top quality library services to area residents since the 1940s when the Homer Women’s Club had the foresight to build the first community library for just over 300 residents. Now the library serves close to 12,000 with 14,000 items being checked out most months. Friends and volunteers — from Homer, Kachemak City, Fritz Creek, Razdolna, Kachemak Selo, Halibut Cove, Anchor Point and Voznesenka — are still at the heart of it all.

With the financial and volunteer support of its members, the Homer Friends provides resources for programs such as the Summer Reading Program, the Top Drawer Collection of local writings, pre-school story hour, book reviews on KBBI, and author readings, among others. They work closely with Library staff to publicize the valuable tools and services available at the Library to all community members at no cost. Most recently, the Friends purchased and refurbished a bookmobile for community outreach to promote reading and life-long learning.

The Homer Public Library is a source of pride for our community. Our Friends group is a source of pride as well. I hope this coming week everyone will thank a Friend and visit the library or the Friends home page (http://friendshomerlibrary.org) to learn how they can join and support this outstanding group. And you can see Friends in action at the Fall Book and Plant Sale this Saturday.

Marcia Kuszmaul, member

Homer Public Library Advisory Board

New business helping nonprofits

The Homer Area is fortunate to have many generous business that support local nonprofits that enrich our local area.

The Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park and The Kachemak Bay Water Trail would like to bring attention to a new business that has made the decision to promote non-profits in a unique way. They have set up a method to disperse tips made during a month, to a local organization.

Don and Sherry Stead, owners of the Grace Ridge Brewery have helped out various organizations since opening by donating their monthly tips.

Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park and The Kachemak Bay Water Trail were the recipient of these funds for the month of September and want to express our appreciation to The Grace Ridge Brewery for their generous support. Also, we want to recognize their generosity in allowing our organizations to hold a benefit at the Brewery during the month. Many thanks to Don, Sherry and the patrons of the Brewery.

Happy Trails,

Robert Archibald and Dave Brann, co-chairs

Kachemak Bay Water Trail Steering Committee

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