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

Point of View: Consider economic health in wellness check

Whenever I do a scan of my personal 8 Dimensions of Wellness, economic health is consistently one that I feel ambivalent about. Considering our definition,… Continue reading

Point of View: This is a bad time to harass Kachemak Bay wildlife

In case anyone hasn’t noticed, our ecosystems in Alaska are collapsing. It all starts in the Arctic, specifically the Bering Sea where the ominous signs… Continue reading

Point of View: Recall 2020 – Alaskans scale up to make history

Alongside more than 49,000 Alaskans who signed the recall application, we’re celebrating a major development in our historic, bipartisan movement to remove Governor Dunleavy from… Continue reading

Suzanne Greenwood. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Disamenity and invention

“Choose your battles wisely — there will be never-ending options here.” Those were words of advice I received during my first week in Homer 22… Continue reading

Suzanne Greenwood. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Village Public Safety Officer program needs reform

Information concerning the Village Public Safety Officer program, through news reports and public media comments, are not totally accurate information that is being put out… Continue reading

Point of View: The 2010s were a decade of perseverance for small businesses

2019 is an exuberant end to the decade. There has never been a better time to start or grow a small business in the current… Continue reading

Terry Allen rides his jet ski at Auke Lake on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Point of View: Kachemak Bay is a special place — let’s keep it that way

Gina Poths recently submitted an opinion piece on the Jet Ski issue in Kachemak Bay, and the piece contained so many inaccuracies and downright fabrications… Continue reading

Terry Allen rides his jet ski at Auke Lake on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Point of View: Is everything possible being done to find Duffy and keep us safe?

“What does ‘abduct’ mean?” my 7-year-old daughter asked me the other day. We had just walked into the Homer Public Library, and she’d seen the… Continue reading

Point of View: MAPP-ing your 2020 resolutions

Usually when we hear the phrase “20/20,” we assume people are talking about vision, but now that the new year, and a new decade, is… Continue reading

Point of View: PWC ban repeal is about equal access for all watercraft

I feel like I need to address some concerns and comments printed in different news medias from Bob Shavelson with Cook Inlet keeper and Robert… Continue reading

Point of View: Storyknife founder pays forward gift from early in her career

Sometimes a dream starts 30 years in the past. In 1989, Dana Stabenow was sending out her first novel to publishers in New York City.… Continue reading

Point of View: The process should not be rushed on JetSki ban change

Last week the Gov. Mike Dunleavy administration announced that it plans to overturn the ban on personal watercraft, also known as JetSkis, on Kachemak Bay… Continue reading

From left to right, Wim Steenbakkers, Deb Smith and Ray Quintana serve soup at the annual Homer Community Food Pantry’s Empty Bowls fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, Alaska. Quintana was visiting from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and volunteered his time during this stay. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Point of View: ‘We want to help’ is common theme at Food Pantry

“We want to help” is a theme I’ve heard frequently while volunteering for the Homer Community Food Pantry. It is what Tommy Blaine at McNeil… Continue reading

From left to right, Wim Steenbakkers, Deb Smith and Ray Quintana serve soup at the annual Homer Community Food Pantry’s Empty Bowls fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, Alaska. Quintana was visiting from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and volunteered his time during this stay. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Regarding the sale of BP’s assets to Hilcorp, John Shively, former commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources and board chairman for the proposed Pebble… Continue reading

Point of View: ‘Being Community’ means being like Lizzy

Lizzy was a common prairie woman, daughter of Norwegian parents who immigrated with little to their name except knowledge of a small farm where they… Continue reading

The Seafarers Memorial parking lot is mostly empty on Oct. 25, 2019, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. The city has applied for a conditional use permit to fill in and extend the parking lot to the left in this photo, or toward the beach. The angled parking spaces by the Homer Spit Road also would be removed except in front of the Cannery Row Boardwalk.(Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Point of View: Think twice before destroying one of the last remaining natural beaches at the end of the spit

No one will argue that parking on the Spit has been a constant problem. Over the years, the city has come up with a variety… Continue reading

The Seafarers Memorial parking lot is mostly empty on Oct. 25, 2019, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. The city has applied for a conditional use permit to fill in and extend the parking lot to the left in this photo, or toward the beach. The angled parking spaces by the Homer Spit Road also would be removed except in front of the Cannery Row Boardwalk.(Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Point of View: Lower Cook Inlet should have moratorium on petroleum development

This past August, Hilcorp made a presentation at Land’s End in Homer to describe the seismic testing they were conducting for possible oil and gas… Continue reading

Lela Ryterski

Point of View: Capitalism overshadows democracy — and that must change

We are so enamored with Capitalism. Trump represents money. Money is God so Trump is God. Plus his toupee looks like gold. He is a… Continue reading

Lela Ryterski
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