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  • A few weeks ago, I found myself trapped for 12 days in a hospital in Seattle, receiving “top-notch care” for an emergency complication of late-stage breast cancer, longing only to get home. The doctors in Seattle were nervous to release me to “the middle of nowhere.” Everything in me de...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 8:33am
  • I was 5 the first time I flew to Alaska by myself to visit my dad. We drove the impossibly long road to Homer, and when we arrived I was sure we were in the wrong place.  In my absence a real grocery store had been built, roads were paved, and everything seemed somehow bigger. Every summer ther...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 8:31am
  • Somehow our local young people need to find the energy and time to understand and say “no” —  to the spending habits of city government. It’s become like an adolescent boy that never grows up. It will just keep eating everything and ballooning and then start whining and blaming you when...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:42am
  • Generally Homer city government hums along quietly in the background. The library buzzes with activity six days a week, the Homer Education and Recreation Complex (HERC) livens evenings with pickle ball, when you need a policeman he’s there. ...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:39am
  • I  believe more people would recycle if they knew how easy it can be. I have written some short articles that will be published in the paper in the next few weeks that will tell what and how to recycle, where recyclable items can be taken, what new items can be recycled now (including some chan...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:38am
  • Many rural American hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open in the face of rising costs. Fifty-eight have closed since 2010 and many more may follow if the pharmaceutical industry gets its way and dismantles a little-known federal drug discount program called 340B....

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:36am
  • Over the years, I have been asked why Homer Physical Therapy supports Homer Council on the Arts. Most people assume it’s due to a personal interest in the arts — a hobby or hidden talent — but Homer Physical Therapy’s support of HCOA comes down to one word: inclusion.  ...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:31am
  • K enai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre has proposed the possibility of merging the hospitals on the peninsula. Perhaps this is what needs to be done. I’m not sure.  ...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:30am
  • Last week was historic for Alaska. Thanks to our state legislators, we took a significant step toward controlling our own destiny.  The Legislature held about two weeks of hearings to examine my proposal to buy out TransCanada’s interest, then almost unanimously approved my request to exercis...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:28am
  • Editor’s Note: MAPP,  Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships, is a local coalition that aims to use and build upon our strengths to improve our individual, family and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, ed...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 8:47am

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