Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to members of the media before welcoming Juneau residents to the Governor’s Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Point of View: We Alaskans will endure coronavirus pandemic

As our nation and the world experiences the life-altering impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to take a moment to speak to you… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2020
  • By Gov. Mike Dunleavy For the Homer News
  • Point of View
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to members of the media before welcoming Juneau residents to the Governor’s Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Editorial: What future will we create?

In my other writing career I write science fiction. That art has come out of a near lifetime of reading science fiction and pondering the… Continue reading

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Pay it Forward: No wrong or right — just different

It’s not right, it’s not wrong. It’s just different. The 11 months of life spent in Homer has given me lots of chances to experience… Continue reading

Letters to the Editor

Support HB 302 As a father of two boys and two girls and proud of it I am all for House Bill 302. Ponder this… Continue reading

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska Chief Medical Officer. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Point of View: COVID-19: The time to act is now, before widespread community transmission

As reports of an illness began spreading across the United States, reactions were mixed. One city took it seriously, closing the schools, isolating the ill,… Continue reading

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska Chief Medical Officer. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Point of View: Public input needed to safeguard state protections

In 1971, the Alaska Legislature formed the Department of Environmental Conservation to take the lead on Alaska’s environmental protections. DEC’s mission, set by the legislation… Continue reading

Larry Smith

Point of View: Follow Hammond’s advice by adjusting oil taxes to redeem state’s share

There are at least eight state savings and investment funds operating today, quasi-independent of legislative appropriations. The Department of Revenue manages the Alaska Retirement Management… Continue reading

Larry Smith

Letters to the Editor

iPads in Pre-K through 2nd grade classes I recently heard there was a donation of iPads for the Paul Banks Elementary School students. I think that… Continue reading

Point of View: A love letter to Homer

It’s hard to decide which things I love most about our Cosmic Hamlet. In addition to all the caring organizations — the Alaska Islands and… Continue reading

Point of View: Preparing for the new coronavirus

Here are a few key steps everyone can do now.

Letters to the Editor

Thank you, Gov. Dunleavy Last summer RurAL CAP Head Start faced the potential for major budget cuts which would have seriously impacted our programs, staff… Continue reading

Bonita Banks in a photo taken in June 2019 in Connemara, Ireland. (Photo courtesy Bonita Banks)

Point of View: The Importance of Social Wellness

Social wellness can be defined in many ways. MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) of the Southern Kenai Peninsula defines it as “a… Continue reading

Bonita Banks in a photo taken in June 2019 in Connemara, Ireland. (Photo courtesy Bonita Banks)
Mercedes O’Leary Harness in a photo taken in July 2019 in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Mercedes O’Leary Harness)

Point of View: Raising the dead – Tim O’Leary on the state of things

My Dad, Tim O’Leary, was a political observer and his letters to the Homer News were prolific — and those were only the ones that… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2020
  • By Mercedes O’Leary Harness For the Homer News
  • Point of View
Mercedes O’Leary Harness in a photo taken in July 2019 in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Mercedes O’Leary Harness)

Letters to the Editor

iPad donations appreciated Paul Banks Elementary School would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to The Homer Foundation for their donation of iPads through… Continue reading

Point of View: The true dilemma — Truth is on shaky ground

Do you long for those days when you could have a good honest debate and express your arguments and different opinions with mutual respect? When,… Continue reading

Point of View: Elder ages gracefully — and still pays it forward

They were teenagers when they walked through Ellis Island into a new life, she with her sewing machine and he with his masonry tools. They… Continue reading

Letters to the Editor

Keep JetSkis out of bay Gov. Dunleavy and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Lang: The people have spoken with passion and science to… Continue reading

Letters to the Editor

It takes a village A huge congratulations to the Homer High School hockey team for winning State. State champions! Yahoo. Players, coaches, and especially parents,… Continue reading

Point of View: Cook Inlet commercial fisheries feed Alaskans

Alaska is salmon country, where fish feed our communities in every way — sustenance, work, recreation, art, faith, family, tradition and culture. For us, second-… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2020
  • By Hannah Heimbuch and Georgie Heaverley For the Homer News
  • Point of View
Bjørn Olson (Photo provided)

Point of View: Drawdown – a manual for local climate action

As an Alaskan who is acutely aware of global warming and the rapid climatic changes being thrust upon us, I am worried. However, worry and… Continue reading

Bjørn Olson (Photo provided)