Point of View:

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

Point of View: Oil spill prevention regs worth taking a fresh look at

My work with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) began as manager of its oil spill planning and response programs several months before the… Continue reading

Point of View: Say ‘yes’ to Alaska Fair Share Oil Tax

Nearly all Alaskans have a common problem. They want more money for an increased Permanent Fund Dividend or they want more money for maintaining vital… Continue reading

Point of View: State initiative puts Alaska’s coastal communities, consumers at risk

Thirty years ago, the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill forever changed our relationship with Alaska’s oil production and transportation industries. Devastated by the enormity of… Continue reading

Point of View: Homer Thrift is more than a store

Many people do not realize that Homer Thrift, located on Ocean Drive, is a program of South Peninsula Haven House. Through employment security and on-the-job… Continue reading

Shelley Gill

Point of View: Alaskans should recall Dunleavy for ‘destroying the life’s work of a generation’

I’m sure by now most of Homer knows that the Homer writer’s conference was one of the first things to get the chop when the… Continue reading

Shelley Gill
Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri A. Feige. (Photo provided)

Opinion: This land is your land

The Department of Natural Resources shares Guthrie’s belief that “this land was made for you and me.”

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri A. Feige. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Fair Share Act ballot initiative would recover Alaska’s profits from oil

Earlier this year, Alaska was torn apart by a supposed choice between slashing education, health care and other government services, vs. slashing our Permanent Fund… Continue reading

Lela Ryterski

Point of View: ‘Occupy’ Democrats to help choose the party’s presidential nominee

Bernie Sanders changed his affiliation so he could run as a Democrat. Marianne Williamson changed her affiliation so she could run as a Democrat. I… Continue reading

Lela Ryterski
Emily Johnson conducts a land acknowledgment of Bishop’s Beach as Tuggeght, the Dena’ina word for “beluga,” at the art event, SHORE: Tuggeght, on Nov. 7, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Acknowledging Native names sparks Bunnell effort toward equity, inclusion

Emily Johnson returns home to Alaska every year to spend time with her family during traditional times of subsistence harvest. During her stay, the Yup’ik… Continue reading

Emily Johnson conducts a land acknowledgment of Bishop’s Beach as Tuggeght, the Dena’ina word for “beluga,” at the art event, SHORE: Tuggeght, on Nov. 7, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Trump is making progress on the opioid crisis

Since President Donald Trump’s first day in office, and from my first day as his health secretary, our country’s opioid crisis has been one of… Continue reading

Point of View: During Domestic Violence Awareness Month #1Thing can make all the difference

The state of Alaska has ranked number one for the past four years as the state with the highest rate of women being killed by… Continue reading

Point of View: Homer could benefit from Restorative Justice program

What do we do when we experience conflict? How do we feel when we know that we have been harmed? Communities and schools across the… Continue reading

Point of View: Time to rethink halibut bycatch regulations

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is meeting in Homer this week for the first time in 36 years. A major item up for… Continue reading

Kelly Cooper (Photo provided)

Point of View: Is it time for a borough manager form of government?

As we prepare for the election on Oct. 1, residents of the peninsula have questions about Ballot Proposition 1. I ask that you set aside… Continue reading

Kelly Cooper (Photo provided)

Point of View: Support Prop A to help keep plastics out of oceans

Traveling through Alaska by human-power has been a lifelong obsession of mine. Last August, my partner Kim McNett and I rode our fat-bikes from Kotzebue… Continue reading

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