I’m writing to thank the employees of the Homer Police Department and the Homer Harbormaster’s office for the efforts they made to help me find my lost credit card. In my haste to catch a water taxi across the bay on Saturday, I inadvertently left my card in one of the Pay for Parking kiosks down at the harbor. When I discovered the card was missing later in the day, I called the Harbormaster’s office and left them a message.
I got a call back later that day and was told they went to the kiosk looking for my card. They opened up the machine and looked inside and all around it with no luck. They gave me the non-emergency number for the police department, and I reported the loss to them. The kind woman who answered the phone on Sunday afternoon took my name and number and said she would call me if the card was turned in. It was refreshing to encounter folks so helpful with my minor misfortune! I hope they see this letter and my thanks.
And I did get the card back: the next user of the kiosk found my card in the slot, tracked me down and returned the card to me. Again a nice affirmation of the goodness and honesty of 95+% of our fellow human beings!
In last week’s paper, an individual took exception with the source of the data used in a letter I wrote (New York Times by the way), but unfortunately, they missed the point that was being made. Joe Biden has proposed the largest budget ever in the history of our country, and it will result in runaway inflation.
Inflation will hurt everyone, but it mostly robs the poor and those on a fixed income by reducing the purchasing power of their money. If you doubt inflation is a problem, lumber prices have more than tripled in the past year. Gasoline prices on Memorial Day were at a seven-year high. Grocery prices are 40% higher in the past year.
The Commerce Department reports that inflation is now at the highest level it has been in 29 years. Inflation is soaring, and Joe Biden’s budget plan will make it worse, sending our economy back to the economic disaster of the 1970s. Please write and urge our delegation in Washington, D.C., to vote against Joe Biden’s bloated budget and phony infrastructure plan before it is too late.
Kachemak Bay Conservation Society wants to give a huge shout out to the Homer Foundation Willow Fund and Cottonwood Fund for their game-changing support of our Homer Drawdown: Peatland Project. We are excited that this community-driven, climate-focused project is 100% local and is supported by substantial local funding! We are very grateful to the Homer Foundation for providing financial support that amplifies the impacts and reach of our dedicated team of volunteers. We also appreciate their foresight in providing early support for this innovative and proactive project. The timing is perfect as the project is poised to grow in our community.
Homer Drawdown’s mission is to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the point when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change — as quickly, safely and equitably as possible. We work towards these goals locally through our Peatland Project, which focuses on community science, conservation and restoration of peatlands on the Southern Kenai Peninsula. Through phenomenal volunteer commitment and an all-star network of collaborators, including the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Cook InletKeeper, Bunnell Street Arts Center, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust, Kenai Peninsula College – Kachemak Bay Campus, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Homer Soil and Water Conservation District and the Pratt Museum & Park, we are educating and advocating for peatlands as they relate to the global carbon cycle and local ecology. Our goal is to foster a sense of cultural stewardship that honors the incredible value of peatlands to our local communities, ecosystems, economies and climate stability.
To learn more about the project and to join our effort, visit homerdrawdown.info
Thank you once again to the Homer Foundation Willow Fund and Cottonwood Fund and all our partners!
Roberta Highland (KBCS President) and Homer Drawdown Steering Committee