Point of View

  • I write on March 16, 2015, 20 days since Alaska’s prohibition ended. As a Christian I am pondering biblical references to cannabis and persecution. After a persecution ends, a nation asks: What happened? Was I complicit? Did I cause harm? Was I harmed?...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:00pm
  • Almost 40 years ago, without regard for the conservation of our fisheries or the needs of the Alaskan people, foreign fishing fleets dominated the waters off Alaska’s shores and took anything and everything in their reach. Ask anyone familiar with the times, deck lights of foreign vessels — doze...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:53pm
  • I  wish I had a picture of Sadie. But even if I had a photo to go from I don’t think I’d be able to properly describe her.  I remember a weatherworn face and a missing tooth. I remember her layers of clothes, faded and worn to a color similar to that of her skin. I remember the way her...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:49pm
  • Homer’s citizens and visitors encompass a wide spectrum of beach users: dog walkers, quiet seekers, coal collectors, off-road vehicle drivers, kayakers, paddle boarders, fat-tire bikers, picnickers, wave-watchers, painters, tide-poolers, birders, educational and recreational class attendees, and t...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:47pm
  • T he Kachemak Bay Science Conference held last week in Homer was a valuable opportunity for those who attended to gain perspective in scientific endeavors that effect all of us in a very local way. Many experts gave presentations on everything from phytoplankton to elodea to marine vertebrates. I at...

    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 3:10pm
  • Tens of thousands of people came to Selma, Ala., this week to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, remembering the march 50 years ago in the struggle for voting rights.  I was one of them....

    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 1:21pm
  • 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, educati...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:59pm
  • (Editor’s Note: The following recently was presented as Kachemak Bay Birders’ testimony to the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission and submitted as a Point of View piece.) The Kachemak Bay Birders appreciates the recognition that the Parks and Rec...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:53pm
  • The good news is that the University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Music offers high quality degree programs that are meeting the employment and artistic needs of Alaska.  The faculty are outstanding performers, scholars, and teachers. All three of our degree programs are accredited by the ...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 3:40pm
  • About five years ago, I moved back to my hometown. I wasn’t exactly sure why, or how it was going to work. I hadn’t quite reconciled my adolescent memories of leaving Homer with the persistent and growing feeling that I needed to go back, needed Kachemak Bay and its beaches and its people. I jus...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 3:38pm

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