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Proposal is like stealing from poor at Christmas

Three years ago 60 percent of Homer voters rejected a winter-time sales tax increase on groceries. The whole idea was that the working poor would have one place to spend their money where the city government didn't have its hand out.
Prior to that ballot question, in the fall of 2009, the city attorney was asked his opinion about the legality of the city council ending the food tax exemption "even if the public voted to keep it." In his written letter to the council, he said that according to the Superior Court of Alaska it's not certain whether or not it would be legal.

Enough is enough

By the age of 13, 53 percent of American girls are "unhappy with their bodies." This grows to 78 percent by the time girls reach seventeen (Women's Media Center).
Where does this come from? Is it instinctual, genetic? Do we wake up one morning and just decide to fear the muscle and baby fat that keeps us alive, and despise our once desired curves?

Working together, we can reduce our costs, impact on environment

Over the last several years I have quietly followed the debate over bringing natural gas to Homer and the more recently proposed Natural Gas Distribution System Special Assessment District. I have read and listened to many comments, attended the “City Neighborhood” meetings, and done some research to become more informed. I feel it is time to weigh in.

Tidal power, not natural gas line, would better serve Homer, state

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fter much thought, I have decided to register my objection to the City’s Natural Gas Distribution System Special Assessment District.  Based on strong scientific evidence regarding the impacts of burning fossil fuels on climate change and ocean acidification, I believe that investing in a natural gas distribution system is the wrong type of energy infrastructure for the city to be investing in now.  

If you want to object you do have to file your vote of objection with the city by Jan. 25, 2013, or your vote automatically counts as a non-objection.

Loss sparks mission to raise pancreatic cancer awareness

As I contemplate this season of giving thanks, I realize how much I have to be thankful for. I live in a wonderful community with some of the most generous and giving people I’ve ever been associated with. I have wonderful kids and grandkids who fill my days with joy and friends who continue to lift me up.

November also is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. In May of 2010, my husband Jim Cooper was diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer and he lost his battle in January of 2011. 

Wanted: You on a nonprofit board

At a recent Homer Council on the Arts meeting we were planning our annual meeting which takes place each January. At that meeting HCOA presents a slate of proposed board members for the members to approve.  As we talked, it became clear that it is time to begin a search for new board members.

For nonprofit organizations, board members are critical to planning,  providing new energy, setting policy, giving direction and helping to accomplish the mission of the organization.

A cyclist pleads: Come on, community, work with me

I ride my bicycle year-round. In the winter, I layer up for my ride despite the snow or the cold for many reasons, but mainly because it is good for me, I enjoy it, and it is one way that I choose to reduce my mark on this planet.

We all know that driving in the winter is more dangerous and so is cycling. Cycling in the winter could be less dangerous, though, if drivers would do two very simple things: slow down when approaching a cyclist and pass with ample space between.

Candidate Comments - Paul Seaton

I have been actively involved in Kenai Peninsula communities for 37 years.  As your Representative I work hard for an Alaska that values fiscal responsibility, quality education, improved health, responsible resource development, and accountable government.  My experience as a small businessman, my community involvement, and my experience in the legislature will continue to provide excellent representation of your local concerns and a strong voice on statewide issues.

Reasons to vote for Obama, Biden in Tuesday’s presidential election

I am a pious Scots-Irish Presbyterian Christian. I submit three propositions and one essay. The propositions:
1. Definition — Democracy: a nation which derives its political authority from its people.
2. Definition — Oligarchy: a nation in which a small group, the “oligarchs” exercise control for selfish purposes. They are the very rich.
3. Principle — Oligarchic nations collapse. Oligarchs tip so much wealth toward themselves that there is not is not enough money left over for proper nation maintenance so the nation collapses from impoverishment of money and services.

Water works: Difference of opinion on Homer’s water-sewer rate structure

As a member of the city of Homer Water and Sewer Task Force, I want to make it clear that the following is just my take on our progress after six months of work.
It is definitely not the opinion of the city administration. Their position, as recently written by the city manager in his budget message to the city council, reads:

Is Buccaneer prepared to handle emergencies?

Troubling questions about Buccaneer Energy were raised in recent opinion pieces. Buccaneer seems to be operating by the seat of their pants, letting things slide till the last minute, not always operating by the rules, and continually asking for special dispensation.  This behavior does not bode well for the company’s ability to handle the unexpected.

Cook Inlet oil, gas development focus of film, panel discussion

Some liken increasing oil and gas activity on the Kenai Peninsula and in Cook Inlet to a renaissance. A new Dark Ages may be more apt. The fall of the Western Roman Empire in AD 476 ushered in Europe’s Middle Ages, the early centuries of which were characterized in many places by complete breakdown of law and civility. Competing armies of marauding invaders swept the countryside seeking plunder, demolishing communities and ravaging the local people. 

There was no authority to intervene.

Recent teen tragedy evidence of illness, but there are cures

Hearing of the teen drinking party where no one moved to help the unconscious young man, but did video his brutal rape, I was reminded of an event four decades ago in New York. Much soul-searching was occasioned by the murder of a young woman outside her apartment building. Neighbors watched and listened to her scream for help, but no one came to her rescue or called the police. In the aftermath, New York’s young people organized the popular Guardian Angels.

American voters too smart to fall for Romney’s lies

What a window Mitt Romney provided at the first debate with President Obama into the very mindset that brought us liar loans and toxic mortgages; it showcased the crisis of integrity at the very heart of our financial and political system. 

That Romney could so utterly reverse everything he’s been telling us up practically until the day of the debate and walk away a so-called victor rather than a contemptible liar is absolutely tragic, if that really is the American people’s take.

I don’t believe it can be.

Overcoming violence: A time to unite

Jessica Lawmaster

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and I can't think of a better time to address our community.  Haven House has been providing crisis intervention, shelter, advocacy and outreach for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence for over thirty years. For the last four years, we have also been serving victims of child sexual abuse through our Children's Advocacy Center. Our greatest wish is to be put out of business but, unfortunately, our numbers continue to rise.

Will new travel brochures show drilling rigs in Kachemak Bay?

Bob Shavelson

Anyone coming over Baycrest Hill these days encounters a stark new addition to the Kachemak Bay skyline: Buccaneer Oil's jack-up drilling rig "Endeavour."

For some, the image harkens back to the days of Jay Hammond and the fight to put fish and the families they support before heavy industry.

For others, the rig looks like jobs and money.

Each side, of course, is right.  The question then becomes what type of economic development do we want for Kachemak Bay?

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