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Free speech critical to democracy

I want to thank the Homer City Council for providing an opportunity for people to voice their views. I know it is not always easy for any of us to hear views that differ from our own, but free speech is a critical part of any democracy.

As many who testified at the last meeting stated, we love our town and believe in caring about one another. I am very glad this is a value that binds us, regardless of our other views.

Resolution hurt Homer

I am receiving feedback from several segments of tourism and especially business endeavors with regards to the consideration for Homer to become a sanctuary city. I am thankful the real members of the Homer City Council stood firm on our Constitution but there is now significant blowback.

Due to the cloud created by the confusion of the sponsors of the resolution, the name and goodwill of our city is at a loss and the losses include tourism which our economy relies on greatly. It will take time to recover the momentum destroyed by this effort.

We all want what’s best for Homer

I’ve tried and tried to write this letter and I keep getting out in the weeds, so this time I’m just going to say it. Yes, the first draft of resolution 17/019 was divisive. It was penned by one person who assumed that version would never see the light of day. But if anyone thinks there aren’t plenty of people in Homer who are that opposed to the Trump administration, they need to get their head out of the sand.

Time to stop invocations

On March 21, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will vote on an ordinance to delete invocations at its meetings. Some people see this as a war on religion. Not at all. Doing away with prayer at government functions in no way interferes with people’s right to pray at home, in their churches, out loud on radio and TV or silently all day long.

In fact, the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution protects free exercise of religion. But it also prevents secular government from becoming a theocracy.

Responding to Reps. Seaton, Foster

When did the State of Alaska start issuing clean air and water? I can walk outside and take in as much as I like. Our representatives however, feel like it’s either pony up for more taxes and they take the PFD or I no longer can breathe clean air. They list the many government services that they expect I want government to provide and add on adjectives like: strong, reasonable, reliable, well maintained, affordable, well managed and fair.

Bureaucracy not the answer

Is good old-fashioned Christian charity dead in Homer?

What if you give a meeting to facilitate charity for the temporary homeless and no one shows? Well, almost no one.

At the last city council meeting, council member Shelly Erickson’s proposal (memo 17-017) that the city approve as an allowable use temporary housing for the homeless, to be provided by local churches, got immediately pitchforked into the Planning Commission wagon as it lumbered by.

Invocations should continue

I am writing to express my strong opposition to Ordinance 2017-02, “An Ordinance Amending KPB 22.40.080 and repealing KPB 22.40.090, which Provide for an Invocation During Assembly Meetings.”

I am not a particularly religious person, but I am an American to my very core. Religious beliefs and our Judeo-Christian values are essential elements of our country. Efforts by secular members of our society to eliminate any reference to God or religion from activities of our government are wrong and should not be condoned or encouraged.

Emblem Club supports GED

Imagine: you were unable to complete high school, so getting a job is difficult. But you have studied and you are now ready to pass the GED high school equivalency exam, which will open doors to jobs, vocational training and college. How exciting! But there is another barrier: you can’t afford the $120 national testing fee.

HoWL suspends 2017 programs, but looks forward to future

Dear Homer Community and HoWL supporters,

HoWL (Homer Wilderness Leaders) has been empowering young leaders through outdoor education since 2009. By leading hundreds of kids on wilderness expeditions to learn leadership, stewardship and survival skills, HoWL has challenged our youth to engage with the environment, build a healthy peer community and explore this amazing place we call home, Kachemak Bay.

City’s grants program helps nonprofits keep doors open

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS) would like to thank the City of Homer Grants Program administered through the Homer Foundation for the operational grant of unrestricted funds that we received this past year and for their support of the nonprofits in Homer.

Most nonprofit organizations struggle to raise operational funds as many grantors prefer to fund projects and materials, and any operational funds that are received are extremely important to the administrative and overall functions of a nonprofit organization.

Community came together to create march

On behalf of the Women’s March on Homer, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the women, men and children who made this march a peaceful, nonpartisan event. Six weeks ago, when we began organizing, our goal was 100 participants. On Sautuday, Jan. 21, we were astounded with an estimated 1,000 people who came to make their voices heard that women’s rights are human rights. Our march was truly an inclusive one, reflecting the diversity of our community. We all came together to speak loudly for liberty and justice for all.

Awesome Foundation truly awesome

We’d like to give our highest gratitude to the Alaska Chapter of the Awesome Foundation for supporting Homer’s own Youth On Record Alaska (YORAK) program with a $1,000 check last week to buy two new laptops which puts the best equipment out there in the hands of teens. The application was so user-friendly and the quick turn-around was impressive. We’re so happy to be selected as a program which others believe in as much as we do.

Thank you, Rotary Club

Recently we had a friend visit from Rotary Club of Downtown Homer to drop off some holiday treats for teens at the R.E.C. Room and to check in on what young people are needing right now. I mentioned that we’re getting short on taxi vouchers which help alleviate the stress that transportation can cause for those who cannot drive, are low on funds, do not have their own car, or could just use some help from time to time accessing programs, appointments, meetings, job interviews or whatever comes up in the busy lives of teens.

Plans will help protect special places

Kachemak Heritage Land Trust would like to thank the Willow Fund and the Cottonwood Fund, donor-advised funds through the Homer Foundation, for the grant support we received supporting our work with The Foraker Group. The focus of this important work, Building on Our Needs, was to create a new strategic plan, business plan, as well as fund development and marketing and communications plans. The funds received were a match for the Land Trust Alliance’s grant program. These new plans will guide us as we move forward, continuing to protect special places on the Kenai Peninsula — forever.

Food pantry counts its blessings

A new year is here and there is so much to be thankful for at the Honer Community Food Pantry.

Many thanks to the Homer Foundation for the $250 People’s Choice Award given to support our mission to feed those in need. It went toward our Christmas special purchase of turkeys. We continue to be blessed by the Homer Foundation and are most grateful for their support.

Letters to the Editor 20161229

State, nation could accomplish

more if leaders followed Seaton

Referencing the Dec. 15 article GOP sanctions Seaton, others:

Back in the 1960s we saw bumper stickers “My country right or wrong” and “Love it or leave it” — some people did leave. It was a divided time filled with turmoil not unlike our present time. Therefore, it was refreshing to see someone take the courage to reach out across the aisle and help form a bipartisan coalition in the Alaskan House.

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 22, 2016

Did Democrats start rumors about Russians hacking election?

Point 1: Tell a lie often enough, and it becomes the truth.

Point 2: The truth is what I say it is.

The Democratic Party is now saying the Russians are the ones who got Trump elected. See points 1 and 2! The Democratic Party cannot accept defeat, they are poor losers. That is a fact.

Quite possibly, the Democratic Party started the rumor of Russians “hacking” the presidential election all by themselves. See point 2.

Are the movie stars really going to move to Canada now?

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