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  • 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
  • “There is no respect in which inhabitants of a low-income neighborhood are so disadvantaged as in the kind of schooling they can get for their children.”  — Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman  ...

    Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:56am
  • Middle school is no picnic. Between a larger school, harder classes, puberty and peer pressure, I’m amazed I survived. When I think back on it now, I realize one of the things that helped me stay afloat was my band teacher, Mr. Peterson. ...

    Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:40am
  • I have spent the better part of my Alaskan winters trying to outsmart ice. Ice has become my personal obsession. I can’t tell you how many sleepless nights I’ve spent trying to figure out how to keep ice from creeping, seeping and expanding into places I don’t want it to go. After a lifet...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 6:09pm
  • Ever since I survived a heart attack in December of 2011, I’ve been saying I’m grateful to be alive. But in the nearly two years since that time, that statement has lost its force. So it’s time to reconsider, to think about it more deeply....

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 4:54pm

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