Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Immunize when you winterize

An annual flu shot plus the COVID-19 vaccine protects Alaskans and our health care system, too.

 

Claudia Haines

Point of View: Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October

Pink flags show support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

Michael O'Meara's cartoon for Oct. 21, 2021.

Letters to the Editor

Tillion was a visionary public servant Former State Sen. Clem Tillion, who passed this week at age 96, was among the first legislators I met… Continue reading

 

Larry Persily

Opinion: Revenues should be determined before more PFD spending

The governor believes the dividend drives the entire calculation. Sadly, he has it backwards

Larry Persily
Michael O'Meara's cartoon for Oct. 14, 2021.

Letters to the Editor

Foundation support for Pier One appreciated In June of 2021, Pier One Theatre was awarded a grant from the Opportunity Grants Reserve and JEMCO Funds at… Continue reading

Michael O'Meara's cartoon for Oct. 14, 2021.
Les Gara, who represented Anchorage in the Alaska House of Representatives from 2003-2018, is running as a Democrat to unseat Gov. Mike Dunleavy in the 2022 general election. He told the Empire in an interview he wanted to ensure oppportunities were available in Alaska in the future. (Courtesy photo / Les Gara)

Point of View: We can still work together to end COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, I assumed we would come together to fight this battle as a team. We can still do that, save lives… Continue reading

Les Gara, who represented Anchorage in the Alaska House of Representatives from 2003-2018, is running as a Democrat to unseat Gov. Mike Dunleavy in the 2022 general election. He told the Empire in an interview he wanted to ensure oppportunities were available in Alaska in the future. (Courtesy photo / Les Gara)
Ronnie Leach. (Photo provided)

Point of View: For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, #weareresilient

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and this year it is important to remind ourselves that we live and work in a resilient community with… Continue reading

Ronnie Leach. (Photo provided)
Michael O'Meara's cartoon for Oct. 7, 2021.

Letters to the Editor

Freight alternative Mayor Ken Castner and the Homer City Council were right to support funding for the Port of Anchorage at a recent meeting. The… Continue reading

Michael O'Meara's cartoon for Oct. 7, 2021.
Peter Zuyus

Point of View: Seniors appreciate vaccination efforts

Seniors of Alaska has had the pleasure to work with Dr. Anne Zink and caring Alaska legislators statewide to encourage vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.… Continue reading

Peter Zuyus
Steve Hughes. (Photo provided)

Point of View: We are all victims of COVID-19

This week Alaska claimed the nation’s top spot for the most positive cases per capita from COVID-19. More Alaskans are dying from COVID-19. Most, if… Continue reading

Steve Hughes. (Photo provided)
Michael O'Meara's cartoon for Sept. 30, 2021.

Letters to the Editor

Dogs in public places The City of Homer Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Advisory Commission (PARCAC) welcomes Sidney Flora, appointed Sept. 13 by the Homer… Continue reading

Michael O'Meara's cartoon for Sept. 30, 2021.
Greg Sarber. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Vaccine mandates are political theater

Last Thursday Joe Biden announced new vaccine mandates on 2.1 million federal employees, contractors, and 17 million employees of health care facilities receiving federal funding,… Continue reading

Greg Sarber. (Photo provided)
Michael Schallock. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Putting COVID-19 and vaccine information in perspective

In order to understand what’s going on with COVID-19, we need to be able to more intuitively grasp what all of the numbers and percentages… Continue reading

Michael Schallock. (Photo provided)
Michael O'Meara's cartoon for Sept. 23, 2021.

Letters to the Editor

Clarification: “To the community of Homer,” a letter signed by Homer Mayor Ken Castner, should have indicated that the mayor signed the letter on behalf… Continue reading

Michael O'Meara's cartoon for Sept. 23, 2021.
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships. (logo provided)

Point of View: September is National Recovery Month

The biggest challenge when talking about recovery is the truth that one size does not fit all. In fact, there may be no more individually… Continue reading

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships. (logo provided)
Michael O'Meara's cartoon for Sept. 16, 2021.

Letters to the Editor

Face masks cripple kids psychologically We are crippling our kids on a psychological level by covering up half their faces while they are at school.… Continue reading

Michael O'Meara's cartoon for Sept. 16, 2021.
Homer Foundation

Point of View: Talking to COVID-19

In the movie, “Out of Africa,” a phrase stays with me. Meryl Streep, the main actress, bends down to greet a small African boy, a… Continue reading

Homer Foundation
Dr. Kristen Solana Walkinshaw, Chief of Staff, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage. (Photo provided)

Point of View: With hospitals in crisis, mask up and get vaccinated

Providence Alaska forced to implement crisis standards of care.

  • Sep 15, 2021
  • By Kristen Solan Walkinshaw For the Homer News
  • Point of View
Dr. Kristen Solana Walkinshaw, Chief of Staff, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage. (Photo provided)
Former Alaska legislator and gubernatorial candidate Les Gara is seen in this undated photo. (courtesy photo)

Point of View: I’m Running To Build A Better Future

We need a real PFD you can bank on with revenue to pay for it, not endless fights and false promises.

Former Alaska legislator and gubernatorial candidate Les Gara is seen in this undated photo. (courtesy photo)
Bill Walker, left, candidate for governor, and Heidi Drygas, right, candidate for lieutenant governor. (Photo provided, Bill Walker and Heidi Drygas)

Point of View: In a time of crisis, Alaskans deserve true leadership

Leadership means taking strong positions in Alaskans’ best interests, even in tough times. Alaska certainly is in tough times today. Doing nothing about the fiscal… Continue reading

Bill Walker, left, candidate for governor, and Heidi Drygas, right, candidate for lieutenant governor. (Photo provided, Bill Walker and Heidi Drygas)