Editorial

  • During a recent visit to the Homer Public Library, a Paul Banks kindergarten class took over the children’s room. Many in the group were already familiar with the space thanks to storytimes and regular visits with family members to check out books or DVDs. For others, this visit was not just fun, ...

    Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:41pm
  • Winter is upon us and we would like to take a moment to celebrate the efforts of the Pioneer Avenue Revitalization Task Force, businesses and property owners, the City of Homer, artists, gardeners and community partners. This cross-sector partnership has met since January to engage Homer’s arts, r...

    Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:38pm
  • There’s a proverb that says: “The first person to speak always seems right until someone comes and questions him.” That’s how it feels the discussions on the propositions before voters on Tuesday have gone. On both sides of almost every question, valid points have been made....

    Wed, 09/28/2016 - 2:26pm
  • Editor’s Note: MAPP, Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships, is a local coalition that aims to use and build upon our strengths to im-prove our individual, family and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, educational, env...

    Wed, 08/31/2016 - 2:42pm
  • Editor’s Note: MAPP,  Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships, is a local coalition that aims to use and build upon our strengths to improve our individual, family and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, ed...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 1:21pm
  • One of the great debates — or should we say vigorous discussions — shaping up for 2016 is that of health care on the local, state and national level. On one point most of us agree: Something’s got to be done. Escalating costs are not sustainable. On the best way to solve the myriad of problems...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:43am
  • Last week, I sent a letter to the Legislative Budget & Audit (LB&A) Committee, giving members the required 45-day notice of my intention to accept additional federal and Mental Health Trust Fund Authority funds to expand Medicaid. Before signing the letter, I met with the LB&A chair to e...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 8:39am
  • While the Homer City Council’s desire to be “uniform and fair” when it comes to assessments for natural gas is admirable, that desire begs the question: Fair to whom? More than a year ago, Jan. 6, 2014, Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet ruled that the way the city chose to assess con...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:34pm
  • “The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.”  – Niels Bohr ...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 3:56pm
  • As the Homer City Council proceeds with the difficult job of finding a new city manager, it should resolve to make the selection process as open as possible and involve the public as much as possible. In fact, there’s no reason there should be any secrecy surrounding the hiring of a new manager. T...

    Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:58pm

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