Point of View

  • Editor’s Note: The Homer News asked Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members Bill Smith, who represents Homer on the assembly, and Mako Haggerty, who represents the rest of the southern peninsula, to share their views on a proposed bed tax. An ordinance that would put...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:50pm
  • Over the past weeks the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has heard testimony about  Ordinance 2014-25, to put before the voters, the option for a 4 percent transient accommodations tax. I urge them to pass this, and let us have that vote.   ...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:47pm
  • Plastic can take up to 1,000 years to “biodegrade” in a landfill (it never really decomposes, just breaks down into tinier pieces of plastic).  Aluminum cans: 200-500 years.  Tin: 50-100 years.  Styrofoam: 5,000 years.  Tinfoil: Never.  ...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:06pm
  • Just cause the guy’s a greasy thug and you’re scared doesn’t mean you’ve got to grab the tab. You bet Alaska is a tough place to drill for oil — hundreds of miles from a road, with temperatures that turn oil into sludge, where crews are remote and cold. But if you’re an oil executiv...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:54pm
  • One of the things I like best about Homer is that friends can disagree and remain friends. A friend of mine wrote last week’s Point of View in support of SB 21, the oil tax give away. It read like a BP press release, full of unsupported statistics and misleading facts. He could not be more wrong.&...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:52pm
  • Ever been a part of a Cosmic Shift? It’s interesting — kind of a tremor in the universe that shakes things up a little and finally settles out with a happy ending but still leaves you with a bit of confusion as to why it all happened....

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:28pm
  • Who mentored you? It’s a question that I ask new “Big” volunteers when I interview them at Big Brothers Big Sisters. The answers are fascinating and widely varied: parents, relatives, teachers, coaches, scout leaders, family friends, neighbors, older siblings, friends both young and old, spous...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:32pm
  • As every business person knows, Alaska can be a tough place to do business. Much of what makes it such a challenge here is out of our control: high costs, distant markets, harsh weather, small workforce. What we can control is how we treat our businesses — and that’s why it’s so important to v...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:19pm
  • 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

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