Point of View

  • I taught math. I wasn’t good in math, but you want a teacher for whom math isn’t obvious. The textbook helped kids identify what they didn’t know. Then they asked other kids. They got points for asking, but big points for explanations. If they asked me, I’d explain ways I’d seen work for d...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:41pm
  • On Nov. 8, 1955, Bob Bartlett addressed the Alaska Constitutional Convention in a speech titled, “Meeting the Challenge.” In asking the delegates to set aside their partisan concerns, he recognized the divergent interests and backgrounds that had assembled for the great task.  Bar...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:38pm
  • Editor’s Note: MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships) is a local process 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, environme...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:36pm
  • The fairness of gas line assessments is a personal perspective. Recently Doug Van Patten wrote a reasonable opinion piece about his heartburn with the issue and he is not alone. Neither is Ken Castner who prevailed in court regarding condo assessment.  When it comes to paying for city services ...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:33pm
  • In the Point of View article entitled “Truth about vaccines not told” printed on the Homer News editorial page on  Aug. 28, concern was raised about the risk of routine vaccination causing autism.  Twenty-five percent of parents still have the erroneous  belief  that autism i...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:15pm
  • On Aug. 24, I learned about the breaking news regarding a major Centers for Disease Control coverup, perhaps the biggest and most devastating to come to light since the Tuskegee syphilis experiment conducted between 1932 and 1972.  Today, myself and other mothers speaking out against our n...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:52pm
  • Arecent headline for a Homer News letter to the editor  caught my attention — “National sales tax wrong for Alaska.” The author was Mike Wenstrup, chair, Alaska Democratic Party. His purpose was to counter Mead Treadwell’s endorsement of a national sales tax which is known as the FairTa...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:50am
  • During my freshman year at Homer High School a youth-run group was formed. Its focus turned outward, to the needs of our community, at a time in our lives when self-absorption ruled. The Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee, or YAC, provided support to organizations that served youth in hea...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:52am
  • Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet ruled favorably on behalf of business condo owner Ken Castner; the rest of us Homer property owners need to pay attention to the repercussions. The condo owners have a legitimate beef, if you compare their gas line assessments to those of apartment owners....

    Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:22pm
  • The referendum to repeal Alaska’s new oil tax legislation gives citizens the power to decide what is good for Alaska. It challenges us to make a simple choice about a complex issue where facts are scarce and arguments are many.  But arguments without facts are opinions, and opinions are based...

    Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:08pm

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