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Alaskans should resign themselves to ‘ice wars’

have spent the better part of my Alaskan winters trying to outsmart ice. Ice has become my personal obsession. I can’t tell you how many sleepless nights I’ve spent trying to figure out how to keep ice from creeping, seeping and expanding into places I don’t want it to go. After a lifetime of struggle trying to win the ice wars, I have come to this conclusion: Ice has a mind and a life of its own. 

For healthier community, Homer needs rec center, not bigger police, fire station

I have grown up in Homer, graduating from Homer High in 2010. I have recently heard talk about a recreation center to be built in Homer. 

I have dreamed of this day since I fell in love with basketball years ago, shooting hoops in my driveway in the frigid cold, trying to perfect my shooting stroke whilst wearing insulated gloves to keep myself from freezing, hoping that someday I would just be able to play ball in a real gym whenever I wanted.

In defense of city employees: Workers should come before money for chamber, museum, rec studies

As a card-carrying conservative who might well have taken pleasure in last week’s Homer News editorial casting a less than favorable eye on the health insurance package of city employees, I find that I do not. In fact, I see both a lack of appreciation for the pay scale of city employees and an uninformed opinion regarding public sector employment in Alaska. 

Nordic ski trails: Only skis, snowshoes during wintertime

It’s been a slow and frustrating start for Homer Nordic skiers this year. We’ve only had a couple of snowfalls, and even though the groomers have been doing their best, there’s only so much you can do before 6 inches of snow is compacted to ice. Add a week of balmy weather and a few sprinkles, and you’re almost back to bare ground.

HB 77, aka, the Silencing Alaskans Act

As a long-time Alaskan who has lived in Alaska since 1969, I will not be silenced by House Bill 77.  I firmly believe in the responsibility of citizens to engage in governmental decisions because we are part of the checks and balances on government. 

HB 77 is a corporate giveaway of citizens’ rights to participate in the permitting process under the guise of making the permitting process better.  Who will benefit? Large corporate mining companies, not citizens, not habitat and not wildlife.

Kenai River chinook need more spawning protection

In recent years we have seen a troubling pattern of near record low returns of both early and late run Kenai River chinook salmon. We believe the declines in statewide chinook fisheries are largely due to marine survival issues, however, we also feel that part of our Kenai River decline can be linked to in-river harvest patterns, fishing on middle river mainstem spawning fish throughout July, insufficient spawning area protections, selective harvest of our larger age-class fish, and multiple years of over-harvest of the population due to biased high sonar counts.

House Bill 77 would take away Alaskans’ constitutional rights

I wanted to bounce a few ideas off of you all regarding House Bill 77. Seems to me it is another attempt by the wrecking crew down there in Juneau to take away some of our 1959 Alaska state constitutional rights. Article 8 of the Alaska Constitution states that all citizens are guaranteed fish and water rights. 

World Wilderness Congress offers chance to help solve global issues

Homer has played an important role in Alaska’s environmental history because we have long believed that we can “think globally while acting locally.”

Indeed as the world gets still smaller, we realize that most of what we learned about ourselves and the world was learned in the last decade. New information and technology can empower us as we strive for a sustainable future for our grandchildren. 

Remembering 50 years ago: the death of JFK

Those of us born before the Kennedy administration do not consider 50 years monumental. The half-century between 1963 and 2013 seems to have passed in the blink of an eye. We half-centurions remember favorite songs like “Surfin’ USA,” “Blue Velvet,” “Puff, the Magic Dragon” and “Days of Wine and Roses.” For us, these songs recall a time when the country was united in the belief that Mom, apple pie and the flag were our foundation. Little did we know that major cultural shifts, political assassinations and racial strife were looming on our peaceful horizon.

Anchorage code may offer solution on Bay View Inn

The realty association president’s smackdown of city officials and zoning regulations is unfair and misleading.

In her Oct. 17 Point of View article, Debra Leisek shared her frustration and opinions about city administrators, elected and appointed officials and the zoning issues involved with the Bay View Inn property owned by the late Dennis Novak.   

Freedom Show is coming

It’s time for the Freedom Show because the corporate takeover of these united states has finally overreached to the level of angering America’s European allies: The National Security Agency monitors German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone. 

It’s time for the Freedom Show because the deliberately sinful, ethics-free corporate takeover of America, like any operation without principles, is subject to dissolution by the free will choice of its participants, as they wake up to the charm of honest life.  

Trick or Treat: 142-trillion-pound debt monster returns from grave

With the arrival of Halloween, an old familiar monster rises from the grave like Freddy Krueger in “Nightmare on Elm Street.” 

But, unlike the famous fictional character, this beast is real and threatens to choke off our children’s future, consigning our great grandchildren to lifetimes of bondage. The 142-trillion-pound monster in the room is America’s mushrooming national debt, and the October surprise is that Congress must once again raise the debt limit only six months after raising it to $17.3 trillion. 

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