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With 295 out of 441 precincts reporting: “No” votes on Ballot Measure 1 are leading 63,239 to 59,879 “Yes” votes.

Second installment of why I love our country and why I love paying taxes: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Brilliant. My parents are incredibly hard working and generous. They spent nearly 30 years building a full and prosperous life here in Homer. Self employed and under-insured, a devastati...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 1:34pm

This week the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, funded with public money, is holding an “Industry Outlook Forum.” On the agenda are Enstar, Buccaneer, Pebble and Donlin Gold — all corporate, extractive development proponents funded by big international banks. In the 1970s I lived ...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 1:34pm

Who was it that said “Every time a new law or regulation is passed, citizens have a little less freedom”? No truer is that than now. Gov. Sean Parnell has introduced House Bill 77, which cuts the citizen right to appeal a number of agency decisions on development issues. By prohibiting a comment...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 1:33pm

The latest buzz is, that everyone needs to pay their fair share. While we all know this will never be reality, we need to ask ourselves what is fair. My one neighbor has a nicer house than I, my other neighbor has a newer and better pickup than my old beater. Currently some people want to heat with ...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 1:32pm

What could be less fair than making people who don’t want natural gas to subsidize the costs of those that do want it? What is not fair to all is not fair to any. Frank Griswold...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 1:32pm

I moved to Homer in the spring of 2011 and was happy to find a charter school without a long waiting list. Before coming to Homer my son had attended elementary schools in both Oregon and Maui. Fireweed Academy has by far exceeded any of those experiences. At Fireweed we get the benefits of creative...

Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:18pm

At first I felt a pang in my stomach when I heard Obama speak of Ronald Reagan as an ally to ban semi-automatic weapons. I spent the summer of ’80 in MCRD, San Diego. President Ronald Reagan was my Commander-in-Chief and if he had given the order to use my rifle to mow down anybody who disagreed w...

Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:18pm

I got this straight from the mouth of Black Berry Bog Brahman, who fashions himself a channel for old Abe Lincoln: “Save the Grand Old Party: end the Tea Party’s stranglehold in 2014.” Anyway, wasn’t President Obama’s inauguration speech great? Listening to him, on the same day of Martin L...

Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:17pm

Thanks to the many teens in our community who shared some of your talents with the community at the recent DDF event. Your dedication, humor, brilliant thinking and courage inspire me; we are so fortunate to have you share your gifts with us onstage and about town.  I am still smiling ... Thank...

Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:17pm

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club for the scholarship award. I am greatly honored to receive this gift. I look forward to continuing my musical playing and composition as I move on from the club. The orchestra has meant so much to me; without a string...

Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:16pm

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