Point of View

  • Why I am against SB 21 and believe we need to repeal the “giveaway” this August 19th: I am from and therefore of Alaska. What I know about life, the world and living has been acquired while existing almost exclusively in Alaska. In other words, Alaska has shaped me and as I grow into stages of a...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:13pm
  • A perfect culmination of a year brimming with creative placemaking efforts, more than 200 guests and volunteers took part in Old Town’s biggest placemaking experiment yet: Dinner in the Street....

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 2:46pm
  • As we enter into a contentious political season, campaign advertising will do its best to be persistent and persuasive. It will be difficult to determine the truth in matters that are important to us. ...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 2:40pm
  • With our massive land endowment and bragging rights as the largest state in the nation, it’s easy to lose sight of an important fact — Alaska is a maritime state....

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 2:38pm
  • A nonpartisan group of Homer people have organized a “March for Alaska” event on Saturday, June 14. Our group is concerned about recent changes to oil taxation in Alaska as enacted by Senate Bill 21. We believe that the former tax structure of ACES provides more fairness to Alaskans....

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 2:37pm
  • My friend Mike Heimbuch offered his opinion recently that it may have been a  mistake for the legislature to overturn the oil tax law known as ACES in favor of Senate Bill 21. Mike and I have some common ground in that we are both offspring of Alaska homesteaders and were enjoying Alaska long b...

    Thu, 05/29/2014 - 9:44am
  • I’m struck by the passages we go through in our lives. There are many passages we make by choice, from graduation and promotions, to enlistments, marriages and becoming parents. For me, however, the most important passages are the “natural passages,” those we go through, but not by choice. We ...

    Thu, 05/29/2014 - 9:40am
  • If I asked you what you think our biggest problem in Homer is, what would you say? When this question was posed to six Homer youth at a statewide leadership conference called LeadOn! in November 2013, our first thoughts were around substance abuse, which we all think is a real issue for teens and ad...

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:42am
  • This year the Magnuson Stevens Act will be reauthorized by Congress. The MSA is the law by which the National Marine Fisheries Service and the North Pacific Fisheries Council manage the federal fisheries off of Alaska. In public hearings the message that “all is well in Alaska waters” and “no ...

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:37am
  • It’s just overwhelming — the media coverage of how we should vote this fall on the ballot measure to repeal the “new” oil tax. One could simply choose not to listen — admittedly a wise choice — because the strident pros and cons in this debate have tuned out the old-time Alaska mindset t...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:15pm

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