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Please Vote Fish

If the smell of a fresh caught Salmon 

in the last moments of its focused taking 

registered, and returned, 

in memory and senses as you read this 

Please Vote Fish 

 

If the act of catching Salmon, 

however the method 

leaves you with a certain, and active joy 

Intrinsic and unmeasured in value 

caught, killed, and eaten 

Foundation helps SPH accomplish its mission, funds several programs

South Peninsula Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable and fund-raising institution established in 2003 to benefit the welfare of the people of the southern Kenai Peninsula by supporting the community health care mission of South Peninsula Hospital.

 

Our purpose, among other things, is to:

• Support and assist South Peninsula Hospital in accomplishing its mission.

• Conduct and sponsor a wide range of educational programs, with the goal of training health care personnel.

Cook Inlet navigation: Is it really safe as can be?

Most people don’t think about the safety of marine navigation in Cook Inlet. They didn’t before the Exxon Valdez, and they still don’t, because it’s not an issue that normally comes up at the family breakfast table or the local coffee shop.

Oil spill prevention is complicated, distant stuff. But when a spill occurs, it’s everybody’s business.

I’d like to share my thoughts about the safety of navigation in Cook Inlet from my experience with more than 48 years at sea, and 27 years as a chief engineer.

Everyone can do something to help promote well-being of all families in community

Editor’s Note: MAPP, or Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships, is a local process that aims to use and build upon our strengths to improve our individual, family and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, environmental, mental, physical, and spiritual health.  

 

Much has been done to reduce spill risk in Inlet

Frank Mullen (Are we better prepared for a big Cook Inlet spill? in the Sept. 25 Homer News) accuses Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (RCAC), regulatory agencies and the Cook Inlet community of complacency in oil spill prevention and response, ironically, within the context of a multi-year effort to assess risks to navigational safety in Cook Inlet. 

Timing is everything

Last week’s Monday Homer City Council meeting was an interesting one, with more discussion about the HERC building and the question of whether to lift or not lift deed restrictions as well as a “heads up” from the City Manager’s report that the Public Safety Building Review Commitee is honing in on the HERC site as the number one choice for the new $25 million public safety Building.
Phew. It’s all so layered and inter-related, it makes my head spin.

Orderly, lawful election is what matters to Alaskans

Steve Strait’s lawsuit against the state of Alaska’s approval of the Walker-Mallott no-party gubernatorial ticket will backfire on the Alaska Republican Party, or ARP.

Strait and Frank McQueary, a financial supporter of the lawsuit, are among the chairman-appointees to the ARP executive committee. Party regulars whisper the appointees are the character assassination-litigation hit squad. These facts don’t matter. Proceeding with an orderly, lawful election is what matters.

Are we better prepared for big Cook Inlet spill?

Crude oil tankers and non crude fuel barges transit Cook Inlet all year round, and no one is prepared for a “worse case” scenario oil spill in Cook Inlet.

Subsequent to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, laws have been written, organizations created, and 25 years worth of meetings and stacks of paper and studies have gathered on shelves.

Are we “readier for a spill” than we were in 1989? Yes. But not much readier.

Flat tax better proposal than so-called ‘Fair Tax’

(Editor’s Note: The following Point of View was submitted in response to one about the Fair Tax that ran in the Homer News Aug. 28.) 

The “Fair Tax,” FT, is a fraud —  it is more wealth  redistribution, and a financial scam. In their own words, FT proponents proudly advertise that it is more progressive (more welfare). 

Do the math: SB 21 isn’t good for Alaskans

I taught math. I wasn’t good in math, but you want a teacher for whom math isn’t obvious. The textbook helped kids identify what they didn’t know. Then they asked other kids. They got points for asking, but big points for explanations. If they asked me, I’d explain ways I’d seen work for dozens of kids. Sometimes I’d get that look, that they didn’t understand how numbers worked.  After this last election, let’s try the math again.  

Walker, Mallott unite to better serve Alaska

On Nov. 8, 1955, Bob Bartlett addressed the Alaska Constitutional Convention in a speech titled, “Meeting the Challenge.” In asking the delegates to set aside their partisan concerns, he recognized the divergent interests and backgrounds that had assembled for the great task. 

Bartlett aptly stated: “Here, in this element of compromise, is the very essence of the democratic process.”  

Fairness: matter of opinion

The fairness of gas line assessments is a personal perspective. Recently Doug Van Patten wrote a reasonable opinion piece about his heartburn with the issue and he is not alone. Neither is Ken Castner who prevailed in court regarding condo assessment. 

When it comes to paying for city services most everyone has a personal opinion about the fairness of it. As chairman of the natural gas commission when the city organized it 5 years ago I have a slightly different take on the fairness of personal opinion.

Truth about vaccines not told

On Aug. 24, I learned about the breaking news regarding a major Centers for Disease Control coverup, perhaps the biggest and most devastating to come to light since the Tuskegee syphilis experiment conducted between 1932 and 1972. 

Today, myself and other mothers speaking out against our nation’s preposterous and insidious childhood vaccination schedule are shaking our heads in amazement that we’ve lived to see the day the world is shown undeniable proof of harm from the CDC itself. 

FairTax’s most important benefit: freedom

Arecent headline for a Homer News letter to the editor  caught my attention — “National sales tax wrong for Alaska.” The author was Mike Wenstrup, chair, Alaska Democratic Party. His purpose was to counter Mead Treadwell’s endorsement of a national sales tax which is known as the FairTax. To be expected, Mr. Wenstrup ignored some very important truths.  

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