Letters to the Editor

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Re-elect Castner

City of Homer and Community Residents:

Having served on the Kachemak City Council for 14 years, I have worked with many Homer City Council members and mayors on many important projects for the good of our community. I strongly believe that retaining Mayor Ken Castner as Homer Mayor is vital in maintaining the welfare of the city and our community.

Please urge all Homer citizens to vote. This is an important election.

Dave Weber, Kachemak City

Vote Jed to end two-party system

The corrupt “two party system” that prevents alternative candidates and parties from being on the ballot is a major reason why some 300,000 Americans are projected to be dead from COVID-19 by the end of hte year. Special interests like the for-profit healht-care industry (think Dr. Al Gross) have bought and paid for members of Congress, governors and even members of state legislatures.s

Half of Congress are millionaires (Dan Sullivan), yet in our representative democracy, half of Americans are not millionaires.

I am a low-income, disabled man, 62 years of age, running for the United States Senate on the Green Party ticket. If elected, I will make sure all Americans have a home and enough to eat. No American should be so poor that they cannot afford a roof over their head and food to eat.

Write in “Jed Whittaker.”

Jed Whittaker, Anchorage

Inletkeeper appreciates city grants

Cook Inletkeeper would like to thank the City of Homer Grants Program, administered by the Homer Foundation, for supporting local nonprofit organizations. As we deal with the challenges that 2020 has thrown at our community, Inletkeeper is especially grateful for the local support this year. With this grant, Inletkeeper is helping to build a local food economy through the Alaska Food Hub, which has experienced a threefold increase in sales of locally grown, harvested and crafted products this summer. Keeping money circulating locally helps us all.

The City of Homer Grants Program also supports Inletkeeper’s 15th annual electronics recycling event in Homer, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3. We are grateful to be able to facilitate the community’s efforts to divert electronics from our landfill and ensure that they are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. With this show of local grant support, we are leveraging these funds to bring even more resources into the Homer economy. We are thankful for the city’s commitment to this program and to the Homer Foundation for ushering these funds out to local nonprofits. Together, we can and are making a difference at the end of the road.

Sue Mauger, Science and Executive Director, Cook Inletkeeper

U.S. should honor Covenant with God

The Covenant: One Nation Under God.

What is it and why do we need it?

A covenant is a legal, formal, binding agreement between two entities.

We agree to honor God and our neighbors by obeying Him. He agrees to grant us liberty, protection and prosperity to secure the promised land, as the New Israel.

We share a history with Israel though Jacob, father of the 12 sons (tribes) of Israel. Jacob (Israel) blessed his son Joseph, father to one of the lost tribes of the north. The blessing states that Joseph’s branches (posterity) would run over the wall, meaning that his posterity would travel over many great waters; that he would be separated to a different place. (Exodus 14:22).

Christopher Columbus, Bible scholar, noted in private journals that he wanted to find the New Promised Land given to Joseph. He encountered natives in North America possessing similar physical traits and beliefs with the Jewish people. Modern science also reveals similarities in DNA. This perpetrates belief that the Lord has a land covenant with America dating to Joseph.

The Puritans met natives who spoke English. One stayed with them for a year, teaching them survival and food production. These people and the Pilgrims that followed, about 20,000, were Christians and believers of said covenant.

George Washington, a devout Christian, leading a rag tag army of 10,000, was aided by miracles of Providence. He gathered his men to pray and commanded righteous behavior to secure victory. It is documented that Washington was shot several times but did not suffer injury. Taking the Presidential oath he knelt and kissed the Bible. This tradition continues as an act to honor the covenant that began in Israel.

God demands righteousness as a conduit to His Protection, Liberty, and Prosperity. When we violate our side of the covenant, protection is lifted. The natural result is the occurrence of plagues, famines, pestilences and insurrection resulting in your enemies’ rule over you.

Bill Tener

Garden bounty and thanks

Giant nodding sunflowers, golden blossoms of calendula, wandering cucumbers, towering peas and tassel topped carrots are beautiful fall features of the Little Fireweed Academy school garden. So are the free-range Fireweed school children, found harvesting and crunching on fresh carrots and peas at recess, making the famous Fireweed “walking salads” and preparing to harvest potatoes for “Potato Sundaes” and Potato Math. Begun many years ago as part of the Peoples Garden Grant, Little Fireweed’s garden has flourished into a blooming and beloved fixture of the school yard.

Little Fireweed would like to acknowledge and thank Homer Soil and Water Conservation District for their nourishing boost to the garden this spring. Fireweed was the grateful recipient of some grant funding from the “Ag in the Classroom” Program. Thanks to Kyra Wagner and Nicole Arevalo and this grant, the school was able to evaluate its soil health status in the garden, develop a recipe of organic supplements for improving soil health and provide some lessons for our students on our online platform last spring. The explosion of food and flowers in the garden this fall is a beautiful and edible testimony to the wonderful “Soil Smoothie” recipe developed by Nicole and Homer Water and Soil for the Little Fireweed school garden. The beneficiaries of this renewed soil health and the resulting bounty of veggies can be seen cruising the school yard with a freshly harvested carrot or walking salad in hand dripping with dressing. The K-2 kids at Little Fireweed say thanks to Homer Soil and Water Conservation District for the edible, healthy fun and learning.

Kim Fine, for the Little Fireweed’s Peoples Garden