Being a city council person never has been easy. There are three factors that the newly elected often find challenging. First, the jobs are hard. A person has to read a great deal of difficult material before every meeting, and officials must work not only with those who agree but also with those who do not. The jobs take a great deal of time. Second, new officials often are dismayed to find how strictly their personal power is curtailed. A city council member has no authority on her own; only when the entire council passes a measure is any “power” expressed.
I appreciate David Lewis, Catriona Reynolds and Donna Aderhold sponsoring the recent resolution that in my mind reflected what Homer represents — caring, compassion and respect for all. It simply restated what is already law as a reminder. Resolutions are not laws, they are opinions. Being able to have a resolution brought to the council is a free speech issue. Constituents sometimes write them, council members introduce them, and we the people debate them.
After hours of testimony on the controversial invocation policy, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Stan Welles read a long, eloquent, moving and persuasive account of how, during a particularly acrimonious debate at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin called for prayer. George Washington (who presided) and the other members of the convention then spent a long time in public prayer and the convention was saved and produced the Constitution, the foundation of our country and our body of laws.
Since I don’t see much reporting about what is happening in Juneau, let me attempt to illuminate.
The muskrat coalition, let by Paul Seaton and Gabrielle LeDoux, is frittering away Alaska’s future. Currently, our annual budget is approximately $5.5 billion, and we are about $3.3 billion short in revenue. With no mind for the future, they are attempting to balance our over-bloated government, not by trimming the budget to match the current revenue, but rather through the wallets of every man, woman and child resident.
I strongly disagree with the recall effort targeting Donna Aderhold, Catriona Reynolds and Dave Lewis. They are upstanding citizens in our “Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea.” We are very lucky to have one of the most balanced city councils at the moment — maybe ever. They represent both sides in these divisive times. I applaud all the Homer City Council members and thank them so much for their public service.
I was shocked, appalled and more than a little disturbed by Lynn Spence’s Point of View in the March 9 edition of the Homer News. I have long known that there is an insidious undercurrent of malice and ill will hiding deep beneath Homer’s beautiful and friendly face, but every time it breaks to the surface and shows its ugly face I am shocked and dismayed.
Heads up about an unintended consequence of the travel ban!
Our business is already seeing a decline in bookings because of the executive order creating a travel ban for certain peoples. We have lost spring business, which is very important to the success of our year, because travelers from Mexico and Canada were unsure about what to expect in the United States, and unwilling to put up with possible disruptions in their itineraries. They canceled their trips.
If you are asked to sign a petition to recall any one of our three city council members, I respectfully urge you to politely refuse. If you are considering circulating one of these petitions, please don’t. Instead, please do your part to put an end to this discouraging and pointless endeavor to shame three fellow citizens who have made a commitment to public service. To continue to encourage citizens to make the sacrifices necessary to run for local office, we must honor and appreciate those who do.
To say the very least, I was not at all shocked to hear there was a recall on three Homer City council members. After all, they tried to deceive the people of Homer with their, “We must all love one another” law.
Only a fool could not see it was only an attempt to turn Homer into a sanctuary city and invite as many illegal residents into our town, and spend all that money, that we don’t have, to give away to illegals.
I have two things to comment on, both relating to Resolution 17-019.
First, I’m very concerned about the possible loss of three Homer City Council members: Donna Aderhold, David Lewis, and Catriona Reynolds, inasmuch as an attempt to have them recalled has been initiated. In my opinion all three are effective on the council, bringing carefully considered input, plus civilly responding to the input of others. To seek their recall on the basis of one issue seems short sighted.
A woman in opposition of the city council member recall of Aderhold, Lewis, and Reynolds, repeatedly told me that we did not understand the hurtful implications this recall would have in our community. “It’s just so hurtful,” she would say.
Hoxie Parks, 18, was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. In less than a week his life changed in many ways. He is an easygoing guy with a lot of friends, a member of the ski team, a hiker, and a boat skipper. He is patient with young kids and an amazing brother. He was set to graduate from Homer High School in May, go commercial fishing this summer and begin college in August to pursue an aviation degree. His plans are delayed until he recovers.
The Anchor Point Food Pantry would like to send a hearty thank you to the Homer Community Food Pantry. If it weren’t for them, we would not be a pantry today. They have helped us through the years by sending out to Anchor Point a portion of their produce and grocery items every week (and assist with paying for the delivery). Recently they gave us a donation of $2,000, which was sorely needed. It is difficult for us being out in Anchor Point and away from the big stores and businesses. We appreciate your help.
I must say that I find Patrick Brown’s vehemence and “burn them at the stake” mentality disturbing. At their last meeting the Homer City Council members listened to the community testimony and voted down the ordinance he is referring to. If you don’t like an elected official’s politics, vote against them in the next election if they choose to run again, but to bully, threaten and personally attack them is not acceptable.
I sent my first correspondence off to the IRS (without a check).
It said “I’m not paying my taxes till my billionaire president pays his.”
Guess that makes me smart, too.
As far as protests go, it’s effective. Who cares how 51 percent of the people voted? When 2 percent don’t pay their tax, that’s when shift happens.
It’s with a heavy heart I find myself again prompted to speak out and be the voice of many in this community. I’m not a political activist; I’m your every day Homer citizen. Over the last 20 years, I have made your sandwiches at Subway, helped you find hangars at Ulmer’s, checked you in at the airport and marshaled in your aircraft when you returned, bagged your groceries at Safeway, and now I happily prepare your delicious popcorn and greet you with a smile when you come to be entertained at the Homer Theater.
Hospice of Homer would like to thank the Kachemak Bay Masonic Club, in cooperation with Homer Elks No. 2127, for the recent donation. The funds were raised at the 2nd Annual Masonic Awareness Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser on Jan. 28. Hospice is thankful to the Masonic Club for their generous support. This is the second year Hospice of Homer was chosen to be a recipient of this event.
Once again Homer Homemakers FCE thanks American Legion General Buchner Post No. 16 for its generous donation in support of the club’s Raise-a- Reader® literacy project. At a January meeting, members assembled 85 packets. The parents of each baby born at South Peninsula Hospital or the Homer Birthing and Wellness Center is to receive a packet.
The state of Alaska doesn’t have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem. That is why one of the most natutral and mineral rich states in the United States is having financial problems.
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.