Chris Story

To speak up is to step up

As we celebrate Independence Day this year, let’s take a close look at what keeps us independent: the Constituion of the United States of America.  

The First Amendment has been on my mind of late. At the last Homer City Council meeting you may have heard Mayor Beth Wythe take you to task if you’ve been critical of your elected officials.  

“If you’re so concerned, step up. There are two seats open every year,” she said.

Affected property owners did not receive proper notice on stream ordinance

Imagine you wake up tomorrow morning as usual: After coffee and a little breakfast you decide it’s time to check the mail and do some other errands about town. On your way into the post office you notice the upcoming services for a longtime Alaskan who has passed on. You stop and reflect on the years of hard work and toil he put into an early Alaska, building a way for generations to follow — a truly rugged way of life carved out of a wild land.  

Focus Pocus: Don’t let people say you don’t care if you don’t support this cause or that one

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t’s all about the salmon, it’s all about saving the environment, or it’s all about equality. Pick an issue and you’ll find a concerted effort at work to convince you that if you’re not in support of an issue, new law or ordinance, then you don’t care about something. Salmon today, perhaps children tomorrow.  

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