Editorial

  • 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 - 3:34pm
  • “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 - 4:56pm
  • 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 - 3:58pm
  • As City Manager Walt Wrede prepares to leave the position he has held for 12 years, we want to wish him well in the new chapter in his life and say thanks for his service to the community....

    Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:31pm
  • If you don’t have Tuesday, Aug. 19, marked on your calendar as a big day, you’ve been spending too much time fishing; you’ve been out of state for too long; or you never read a newspaper, listen to the radio or TV, or browse the Internet. Two big things are happening next Tuesday: 1.It’s the...

    Wed, 08/13/2014 - 4:02pm
  • Editor’s Note: In conjunction with the monthly “Pay It Forward” column, the Homer News is printing a list of needs provided by some of Homer’s nonprofits. The Kenai Peninsula Fair is looking for old tires to turn into flower beds, volunteer...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:34pm
  • “To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.”  — Edmund Burke, 18th century British statesman and writer, who was born in Ireland...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:15pm
  • Not only does summer in Alaska go by at lightning speed, but with most Alaskans trying to cram a year’s worth of work and outdoor fun into 15 weeks, give or take a week or two, it’s understandable if things get dropped or forgotten. Here’s one thing all Alaskans need to put on their list as to...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:06pm
  • This weekend Homer welcomes birders from all over to the 22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. The festival reminds us all of why Homer is a great place to live, work and play. Longtime shorebird speaker Buz Scher got it right when he said the festival has “gotten bigger and better and more...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:38pm
  • In general, we think less means better when it comes to government. At its best, government should do what citizens can’t do without some help from government. As much as possible, however, government should stay out of the way — except in key areas like public safety, education and roads — th...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:34pm

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