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Point of View: Overcome adversity one step at a time

Well, now what? For the last few years MAPP has been developing a community plan focusing on identifying, supporting and educating the community about Eight… Continue reading

 

Point of View: Let’s be ahead of the curve to flatten the curve

Growing up in Alaska has been a gift. I was encouraged and supported by parents, neighbors, teachers and the community. As an educator and Homer… Continue reading

 

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

 

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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)

Point of View: Nominate a worthy citizen for First Lady’s Volunteer Awards

As we move forward into a new decade, I am happy to continue the First Lady’s Volunteer Awards, an annual tradition started by First Lady… Continue reading

Point of View: Republican standards of morality have fallen

Bill Clinton was impeached by the Republican controlled House of Representatives in 1999 for having an affair with a White House staff member which he… Continue reading

Point of View: Thunberg’s ‘How dare you?’ creates false narrative

From Greta Thunberg: “How dare you,” indeed. How dare her parents, her educators and her government steal her youth, rob her of joy, happiness and… Continue reading

Point of View: Focusing on the fundamentals

I am not new to Alaska or to the Alaska State Troopers, having served more than 20 years in the ranks. However I write today… Continue reading

Point of View: Charity doesn’t always have to be so conventional

In a fast-paced world, one’s goals, needs and responsibility to pay bills often takes a central theme and charity somehow takes a backseat. At times,… Continue reading

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