Point of View

  • 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
  • Editor’s Note: Karmen Classen gave the following valedictory address at the Kachemak Bay commencement May 7.    I have only been to one other college graduation. It was in this very theater, but so many years ago I don’t even remember who I had come t...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:13pm
  • Editor’s Note: As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Homer News has asked former “Newsies” to reminisce about their time at the newspaper and some of the top stories of the day.  In the third such piece, Joel Gay, who contributed to the Homer News in a var...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:58pm
  • My dryer broke on Earth Day. No kidding, like a message from the planet to stop wasting precious resources, my dryer up and quit. I am a mother of three young, wild, nature-loving, mud-dipping children and this means heaps of laundry. I also am a polar bear guide and this means deep awareness of the...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:23pm
  • There are so many people to thank for their efforts in the arts these past few weeks. Too many for letters to the editor so instead I thought I would highlight the number of people involved. April started with the Jubilee Gallery Exhibit at the Homer Council on the Arts and South Peninsula Hospital,...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:15pm

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