Letters to the Editor

Schroers keep public radio going

KBBI would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dave and Beth Schroer for their continued support of KBBI via their Donor-Advised fund at the Homer Foundation. This year KBBI celebrated 40 years on-air, a feat that wouldn’t be possible without the generous contributions from listener supporters like Dave and Beth Schroer. Their continued support helps maintain KBBI as a reliable source of local and international news, information, entertainment, emergency services and community engagement.

KBBI also thanks the Homer Foundation for administering this and other Donor-Advised funds and grants that benefit our incredible community. They make a big difference to our nonprofit community and the individuals who work for and benefit from these entities.

On behalf of KBBI’s Board of Directors, Community Advisory Board, staff, and volunteers, I applaud the Schroers for their impactful donation, and encourage all listeners to step up in support of our community radio station.

Thank you,

Loren Barrett, KBBI Development Director

Support Williamson for president

Marianne Williamson, unfortunately, is not widely known. People don’t even know she’s running for president. I became interested in her when I found out that that profound statement credited to Nelson Mandela was, indeed, authored by her.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. You were born to make manifest the glory … that is within you. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in every one. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson has been marginalized as a spiritual guru and author. How backwards. She should be exalted for that. She’s brilliant and politically astute. She has solutions to help the country prosper. She’s inspirational. She’s a leader. She’s what our country needs right now. She can elevate the conversation and bring people together to solve problems. These times, when love is a subversive act, call for drastic measures.

Vote for Marianne Williamson for president.

Lela Ryterski

KP Brass Band plays for Pratt

Dear Editor,

The Board and Staff of the Pratt Museum would like to thank Nelton and Megan Palma, the Alibi Bar and Cafe, and the KP Brass Band musicians for their Spectacular, Spooktacular Fundraiser this past weekend. Donations at the door to see the jamming, funky, fabulous KP Brass Band were matched by the incredible generosity of the Alibi Bar and Grill to raise over $1000 for the Pratt Museum’s winter programming. The generosity of Homer businesses like the Alibi are what makes this town a great place to live — full of art, music, stories, culture and history.

Come visit the newly renovated Pratt Museum, and then stop by the Alibi for the best fish tacos in town, and don’t miss the KP Brass Band next time they play.

Adele Person, Pratt Museum Board of Directors

Pebble Mine could be worse than a junk car in a salmon stream

Interesting.

It’s kind of interesting that a man gets in trouble for dumping a derelict car into one salmon stream, and yet a huge foreign corporation with tons of power, influence and money is pulling strings to plant a huge, huge mine in the middle of the world’s largest salmon stock, Bristol Bay.

I won’t list the damages this will cause to not one — but dozens — of streams, since the process to open our Alaskan lands to people who don’t pay taxes here has lasted decades. Everyone should already know what we will be giving up, unless they have their heads in the sand, or think a couple years of work is a fair trade for a permanently destroyed renewable resource.

Northern Dynasty will build Pebble Mine, scrape off the water, the fish, the bears, the native Alaskans, the fishermen, the tourists, and leave a big, empty hole and more metals and toxins than a million rotting cars. And then they will fly off in their private airplanes, not with a fine or a jail sentence but billions of dollars and permission to leave Alaskans holding the broom and the dust pan.

Not that I think people should be dumping cars in streams, but I thought the comparison rather interesting.

Katie Dawson

A soft Seldovia rain

Dedicated to John and Cathy Saville

Did we tarry too long when caught in a soft

Seldovia rain …

or threw caution to the wind while appeasing each other’s pain …

Now watching the anvil heads build beyond

Augustine’s white slopes …

As a warm day allows us time to dream of new hopes …

Were we really so much in love in

our youthful prime …

Or lived the years away one beautiful

day at a time …

As the wind crisps up it is not only the tide

we are left to face …

But a growing quarterly swell pushing us

into a dangerous race …

At twilight the outer beach appears

dull and plain …

As I long to walk once more in a

soft Seldovia rain …

In darkness the harbor lights glow through salt

spattered wheelhouse windows …

As the Tempest swoops down emitting low

moans as she blows …

Then rolling from her violent whooping

howling gust …

Tis only the buoys four second light

we now may trust …

Near and yet so far entering the

channels flat calm …

The gulls call out a welcome through

the summer night’s balm …

Looking back toward the point knowing

it was in vain …

I longed for one more walk in a

soft Seldovia rain.

John A. Anderson, Kenai

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