Editorial

  • Since coming to work at the Homer News more than seven years ago, Adam Bauer has held the official titles of “webmaster” and “new media director.” Unofficially, Bauer endeared himself to his News colleagues as the paper’s jack of all trades....

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:35pm
  • Here’s a brain teaser for you. Which of the following doesn’t belong in the group: 1. A citizen group petitions for the repeal of Senate Bill 21, which changed how oil industry taxes are figured. 2. Opponents of Homer’s plastic bag ban gather enough signatures to put a repeal of the ban before...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:48pm
  • Next Thursday Homer will be the host of the Governor’s Picnic when Alaska’s 10th governor, Sean Parnell visits, so it seems appropriate this Sunday that we pause and remember Alaska’s fourth governor, Jay Hammond, who served from 1974 to 1982. The Alaska Legislature in its wisdom designated Ju...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:24pm
  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” — The Declaration of Independence...

    Tue, 07/02/2013 - 3:28pm
  •   The recent debate over a Kenai Peninsula Borough ordinance designed to protect salmon habitat might give one of two impressions: 1. If you believe in the rights protected by the U.S. Constitution, you don’t favor protecting salmon. 2. If you favor protecting salmon, you don’t believe in t...

    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 4:31pm
  • As they’ve been outside playing this summer, friends Beatrix Strobel and Thea Person, both age 7, have noticed a common phenomenon: Lots of cars going really fast. “I almost got run over by a car,” said Thea. “It’s really hard to ride your bike,” said Beatrix. The two decided to do somet...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 4:40pm
  • After a winter that seemed to never end, Alaskans are ready to enjoy the sunshine.  In the warm beauty of the season, it’s easy to forget that summer carries its own perils.    The dangers of winter’s cold, dark, ice and snow are replaced by long days that often are filled with to...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 4:31pm
  • The world has changed.In the 21st century — after the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, and more recently, after the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombings —  what once may have passed as an acceptable high-school prank is no longer even remotely funny, if it ever was....

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 4:49pm
  • Last week our colleagues at the Peninsula Clarion ran the above photo with the headline “That time of year.” The photo showed traffic backed up for more than a mile on a stretch of the Kenai Spur Highway that connects Kenai and Soldotna. We hate to admit it, but the reason for the pileup stumped...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 4:30pm
  • The annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival has come of age. If it was a young adult, this year’s 21st festival would be celebrating full legal rights. As one of Homer’s many weekend events that draw visitors to town, the shorebird festival ranks up there with Memorial Day and the  Fourth of...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:29pm

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