Letters to the Editor

Seeing is believing

Dear Editor,

Listening is not always hearing, but seeing is believing.

I listened to the Homer City Council meeting on July 1. I heard council member Heath Smith speak on the issue of wearing a face covering when out in public. He commented he did not like wearing one all day while he was working, as it was annoying, but said he did wear one because it was the right thing to do. I took his words at face value and it encouraged me, both as a healthcare worker and a concerned individual.

Two days later I saw Mr. Smith on the job at a business on Pioneer Avenue. He and an on-the-job distributor were huddled closely, speaking together in the parking lot without face coverings. I didn’t want to believe what I saw, but there it was in plain daylight. I was dismayed. What am I to think of his leadership? Who am I to trust as a representative for our community?

If I can’t be trusted to “hear” what he is saying, what shall I do with what I am seeing?

Actions speak louder than words.


Christine Anderson, RN

Legion help very appreciated

My daughters and I want to express our gratitude to the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Post 16 for their kindness to us.

I recently learned that this wonderful organization made a donation on our family’s heating oil account to ensure that we would have heat for water and warmth in our bereavement. We are deeply grateful for this generosity as we continue to heal from our loss.

The past 10 months have been a dark and difficult time for my family, but our burden is made lighter by the love and support we’ve received from the friends and organizations in our kind-hearted community.

Our warmest thanks,

Jessica Golden

Friends of the Homer Library continue work in pandemic

The Friends of the Homer Library would like to reach out and thank everyone who has been so helpful and understanding during these COVID times. We feel that our library is the town’s living room. And it has been hard to limit our activities.

The Friends had advertised for a coordinator and have received some really lovely applications and inquiries that reflect our town’s enthusiasm. But due to our limited programming, we will delay hiring until the library fully re-opens.

In the meantime, please visit our bookmobile at the library on Monday and Wednesday, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. And we hope to see you at our parking lot book sale.

Andy Haas

Wolves don’t always lie peacefully with sheep

Last week Diana Conway shared an admirable story of personal engagement with various third-world peoples and cultures when she was younger.

Ultimately, though, as game theory informs us, it’s a rare person who won’t ultimately abandon their idealism to reality, gravitating to an environment where they are most comfortable, into a restricted neighborhood of shared values. Mz. Conway is a long-time resident of Halibut Cove, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Alaska. Viewing the rest of the world from the peace and security of that bastion it’s understandable how she can imagine decorating the remaining flawed world of humanity with the trappings of Elysian Fields, where wolves lie peacefully with the sheep.

Larry Slone

It’s time to take a stand

I am not a color.

I’m a person.

I am not a category.

I am an individual

I am resourcefel and independent.

I am an Alaskan.

I am free spirited.

I am an American.

I have always given Caesar what is due Caeser, but I’ve had enough. It is time to stand.

It pains me to see people spat at and threatend, to hear of people being shot at and neighborhoods burned. Statues toppled — do the the schools no longer teach history? My father served in World War II. I’m glad he’s not here to see his country like this.

I am about to become a first-time voter. You can try to tear down America. I’m voting for a person who loves it enough to build it back up.

Yes, it’s time stand.

Best wishes,

B. Jane Crossett, Ninilchik