Chris Fischer in a photo taken on July 6, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Chris Fischer)

Point of View: What it was like being in unofficial parade with a BLM banner

I am writing today to let the people of Homer know about what it was like to try and participate in the unofficial Fourth of… Continue reading

 

Point of View: Let’s keep ‘yellow jack’ from flying over more boats

In the maritime business during a pandemic, the last thing anyone wants to see on the water is a vessel flying the “Yellow Jack,” the… Continue reading

 

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Point of View: Mental health tools and the power of a connected community

At the invitation of Kathleen Gustafson, I had the opportunity to participate in KBBI’s first ever remote live stream Coffee Table last week. The topic… Continue reading

 

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Point of View: Alaska should invest in its greatest resource — our children

As Alaskans we are facing difficult challenges and uncertain times. As a state we are facing health and economic challenges not seen before, which makes… Continue reading

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Logo courtesy of League of Women Voters.

Point of View: Support new Voting Rights Act

The League of Women Voters is in the process of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, a Constitutional Amendment that… Continue reading

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Point of View: Department of Public Safety provides accountability

Members of the public are encouraged to make their concerns known

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Point of View: The Second Amendment needs no sanctuary

Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly along with the borough mayor have embarked on a pointless effort to declare the borough a “Sanctuary for… Continue reading

Point of View: Decency

Basic human decency long has seemed to me to be an indispensable element of our American character. Figure out what is the decent step in… Continue reading

Homer Police Chief Mark Robl, third from left, stands with some of the Homer Police Department officers and jail officers at groundbreaking ceremonies on May 24, 2019, for the new police station in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Point of View: Conduct of Minneapolis officer is counter to HPD values

The police department is saddened and dismayed by the horrible conduct of a police officer in Minnesota last week which has left our country torn… Continue reading

Homer Police Chief Mark Robl, third from left, stands with some of the Homer Police Department officers and jail officers at groundbreaking ceremonies on May 24, 2019, for the new police station in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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Point of View: Foreign exchange experience leads to a more open mind

Bonjour ! Or, in English, hello. Sitting in my garden, during this quarantine due to COVID-19, I took time to look back over my life… Continue reading

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Willy Dunne is a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. (Courtesy photo)

Point of View: Vote By Mail makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat

Voting is the most important responsibility we have to ensure a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” I have fond… Continue reading

Willy Dunne is a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. (Courtesy photo)

Point of View: Oil taxes, what oil taxes?

Five years ago, through Senate Bill 21 (SB21), Alaskans were asked to substantially reduce our oil production taxes. In return, we were promised there would… Continue reading

Point of View: COVID-19 harms children in seen and unseen ways

COVID-19 harms children in seen and unseen ways In this historic pandemic challenge, pediatricians were initially encouraged by the fact that children, as a group,… Continue reading

Point of View: Homer’s Beluga Slough — A special sandhill crane nesting and viewing area

In the heart of downtown Homer, Alaska, just below the Sterling Highway and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge’s Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, is… Continue reading

Point of View: Pebble and Dunleavy: How the commercial fishing “essential service” declaration reveals irony at its finest

According to a recent Anchorage Daily News article, “Thousands of fishery workers, many from outside Alaska, are headed to Bristol Bay,” Gov. Mike Dunleavy has… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Thursday, April 9, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Point of View: The science of reopening

Late on a cold Tuesday in January, a plane evacuating 201 Americans from Wuhan, China landed in Anchorage. Each passenger was screened for COVID-19 and… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Thursday, April 9, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Point of View: Be strong and pass it on

When I was cross country ski coach at Homer Middle School at some point before the first race we’d focus several practice sessions on the… Continue reading

Point of View: Skilled Alaska workers deserve our thanks

Dave Reaves, Business Manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547. (Photo by Chris Arend, Courtesy of IBEW Local 1547) Let’s be real. Staying-in-place… Continue reading

Point of View: Making friends and connecting to people

Sitting on my balcony in Zürich, Switzerland in this extraordinary April 2020 I think back to the time I lived in Homer exactly 10 years… Continue reading

Point of View: Parents — You are essential workers

It happened. After a month of holding it together from behind the computer screen of my life; nursing my 7-month-old son in-between my countless Zoom… Continue reading

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