Point of View

  • In Alaska, and more recently, in Homer, we frequently here the mantra we’re “open for business.”  The intent of course is to present a business-friendly face to potential investors so our community can reap the promised benefits of jobs and contracts such businesses might bring.   Bu...

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:27am
  • 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 second such piece, Tom Kizzia, former m...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:16pm
  • It was mentioned at a recent Homer City Council meeting that some of our young people need to know just who brother Asaiah was, and that others might forget. Brother Asaiah, a one-time member of WKFL, donated the former organization’s property to the city of Homer for a park. I believe he requeste...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:13pm
  • When you visit paradise, the last few hours of your last day you begin to feel a sense of regret. Did you stay long enough? What did you miss while on the island? Did you squeeze every last sight, sound, smell, taste and sunset out of your brief stay? ...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:59am
  • While planning this year’s Homer Winter Carnival, I learned something unexpected about our community.  I feel strongly that it is important to share with all of you.  In nearly all off my conversations with various organizations, I was told  “We have a small number of volunteers a...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:29pm
  • Some of my best friends are lawyers. Maybe I should know better but I’d like to believe anyone can be rehabilitated. I often suspect their friendship is conditioned on what the law allows, mostly because they are very good at telling you what is legal. They’re usually no better than a fifth-grad...

    Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:52am
  • In his Jan. 9 Point of View article part-time resident Joe Balyeat wrote that Alaskans should amend Article 7 of the State Constitution in order to eliminate the sentence “No money shall be paid from public funds for the direct benefit of any religious or other private educational institution.”&...

    Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:43am
  • The Kenai king controversy has connected some dots for me. I was born in Alaska in 1950 and raised on the banks of the Kenai River. I have collected empirical data (“a source of knowledge acquired by means of observation”) with regard to Kenai kings and the Kenai River for 63 years. I have ...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:44pm
  • M orris Communications is the Georgia-based media group that owns the Peninsula Clarion, Homer News, Juneau Empire, Alaska Journal of Commerce and numerous other media holdings in Alaska. In November, company chairman William Morris III announced a special 10-part series to help Alaskans “find the...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:43pm
  • The Parnell administration remains committed to growing opportunity for Alaskans. As we look ahead to 2014, our economists forecast Alaska adding 1,500 jobs — 2,400 new private sector jobs, diminished some by a decline of 900 government jobs....

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:49pm

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