Point of View

  • Some things don’t turn out the way we expect. My Dad, Tim O’Leary, should be writing this letter right now, not me....

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:12am
  • Editor’s Note: This month marks the 40th anniversary of the jack-up rig George Ferris being “stuck firmly in 82 feet of clay just off the Homer Spit,” as the Homer News reported it on May 13, 1976. The incident proved to be the catalyst for the state to buy back o...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:18am
  • 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, 05/05/2016 - 9:15am
  • Walking with 25 kids over to the Pratt Museum the other day in the sun, I was feeling grateful that I got to go along as a parent chaperone. Fifth-graders with spring fever were skipping ahead of me along the dusty sidewalk, 10- and 11-year-olds without any coats on an Alaska spring day. I was remin...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 9:37am
  • Alaska citizens are about to be written out as owners of the Alaska Permanent Fund. The Permanent Fund Dividend currently defines you as a shareholder in this massive investment fund. In fact, many of us have been share-holders for 34 years now. The earnings of the Permanent Fund have historically b...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 9:35am
  • The ability to recycle electronics helps families, businesses, governments, tribes and non-profits make responsible waste disposal decisions. It also puts our dollars to work supporting green jobs and re-using precious metals instead of mining for new ones. When we talk about creating a greener econ...

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 8:13am
  • Sarah was only 10 when she first began using drugs. Born into a family of abusive addicts she had started with pills mostly, downers, and then coke, meth, xanax. By the time she was a teen, Sarah had become an avid user of narcotics. After being arrested following a high that brought her near death,...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:45pm
  • Editor’s Note: Freshmen students in Sean Campbell’s class at Homer High School have been writing opinion pieces. The Homer News plans to publish several over the next few weeks. Here are two. Doesn’t it stink how life isn’t fair sometimes? How few have ever...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:43pm
  • I was 10 when I was first introduced to the concept of “paying it forward.” It started in 1954 with my uncle, Owen Jander, who was a conscientious objector and was sent to Germany. A year later Owen was sent to Jordan. In both places Owen experienced post-World War II hatred of Americans.&n...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:41pm
  • T hank you to the Homer News for providing me the opportunity and space for my commentary about the opioid problem facing our community.  Thank you also to the many community members who have shared their stories with me as this conversation becomes more public....

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:38pm

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