Editorial

  • Notable and quotable quotes don’t just come from the rich and famous. There’s a gold mine of inspiration all around us. We found lots of memorable words from those who were featured in the pages of the Homer News during 2013. Here are a few of our favorites that also serve as reminders of the ye...

    Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:13pm
  • During the season in which we celebrate good will toward all, some troubling news has been reported: Americans don’t trust each other. That’s the conclusion of an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted last month. Among the poll’s findings, only about one-third of Americans say most people can be...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 6:10pm
  • The current discussion over what the city of Homer can afford to pay in terms of employee health insurance benefits is not about whether city employees are worth what one council member has described as a “Rolls Royce” plan.  It’s about what the city can afford. Or to put it another way, ...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 5:29pm
  • I grew up in a family where a version of Thanksgiving was celebrated almost 365 days a year. Really. Family around the table? It was our tradition to gather for the evening meal — supper, we called it — every weekday evening at 6 p.m. On Sundays, it was right after church. Oh, and on Saturd...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:27pm
  • For some longtime Homer residents, the current discussion on whether Homer should change from a first-class to a home-rule city might seem like déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra would say. Homer was just 11 years old as an incorporated city when residents had their first discussion of the issu...

    Wed, 11/20/2013 - 5:53pm
  • Battles over fish are nothing new to Alaskans. It is part of the state’s story that different user groups fight over who gets what and when. There’s one constant in those fish battles, however: Everybody wants to protect the fish.  Fish are integral to all Alaskans — they may figure promi...

    Thu, 11/14/2013 - 10:09am
  • Before we turn a page on the calendar, let’s take a moment to remember October as Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Month — a month “devoted to honoring those we’ve lost and those who’ve survived,” said Jessica Lawmaster, executive director of South Peninsula Haven House. Sh...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 3:02pm
  • What’s the proper relationship between the private and public sectors? Recent government actions have prompted us to consider that question anew. The seeming unwillingness of the Homer City Council to provide relief for the estate of late council member Dennis Novak, whose Bay View Inn lost its pe...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:35am
  • Disaster experts say it’s not a question of “if,” but “when” another big earthquake like the one of Good Friday 1964 will shake Alaska. That quake, the second largest ever recorded with a 9.2 magnitude, and the seismic sea waves that followed killed 131 people. It reshaped the landscape of...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:02am
  • When it comes to how government operates, the past couple of weeks have offered plenty of good news-bad news examples. The bad news has dominated national headlines: the federal shutdown. It’s too bad our elected officials in Washington, D.C., aren’t acting on what most citizens are saying, whic...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:40pm

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