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Magical moments in a mystical city

Look at those mountains! Looks at that sunset! Looks at all those boats! Look at that sea otter! Overheard cries of joy, while I walk and work on the Homer Spit this summer. Perhaps only we visitors and newcomers can truly enjoy a magical mystical place like Homer, oblivious to the recent political infighting.

Cash credits, tax deductions not the same

A compromise to end cash payments to oil companies is on thin ice because of the propaganda perpetuated by Anchorage Rep. Les Gara and the politics of the House Democrats. The oil and gas industry has always been Gara’s favorite target, and he’s launched a fresh campaign to hold hostage a compromise on cashable credits that will save Alaska a million dollars per day.

Saying ‘no’ doesn’t work with oil-gas industry

Remember when First Lady Nancy Reagan came up with “just say no,” a chant meant to steer children away from the nightmare of a drug-addicted life? Its simplicity and hoped-for-power made it spread like wildfire. Thousands of “Just Say No” clubs sprang up. The Girl Scouts of the United States of America and the Coalition of Parents for a Drug-Free Youth helped broadcast the message. Britain and Australia gave it an international reach.

Honesty matters

It would be hard of anyone to dispute that this recall process has been a bumpy road. When the founders of Heartbeat of Alaska took this on, they knew expected it would be filled with challenges. One of the many questions that they asked themselves was whether recalling Aderhold, Lewis and Reynolds was worth risking friendships and social connections? Because we believe that honesty matters, the answer was yes.

Recall battle is ideological one

It sure is a sad day when the ACLU has to come stick up for members of the city council because the citizens of Homer won’t do it themselves. I’ve lived for almost four years in this community and I love it; it’s an amazing place. I bought property out east up Greer Road and have begun making a home out there.

Recall about holding officials accountable

In middle school we were taught to use critical thinking skills to research a topic, or debate, to analyze the facts as they present themselves and to come to a conclusion based on the facts presented, to analyze a situation through the lens of information and not the knee-jerk reaction of an emotional response. 

I’d like to dive into and dissect the motivation, narrative and innuendo of the Homer recall and its supporters, to hopefully help bridge the divide that seems to exist. 

Kick off summer by biking

Summer is nearly here, and it is an excellent time to resolve to be more active andexplore Homer. “May is Bike Month” is a nationwide education effort and whether you bike to work or bike to school, bike along the Spit or fat-bike along the beach, “May is Bike Month” is a great way to kick off the summer.

By their actions, students model Pay It Forward

Last Friday, April 28, was International Pay It Forward Day, an annual day of giving celebrated around the world since 2007. It’s a global initiative to spread kindness through small acts of generosity. With more than 80 countries and millions of people participating, the goal is to change the world for the better — one person and one small act of kindness at a time.

Writer disagrees with borough mayor on oil and gas credits

Last Thursday April 6, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre, conducted a Town Hall in Homer leading a discussion on Alaska’s fiscal considerations, in which he defended oil industry credits and incentives. He said repeatedly that, from the North Slope to Cook Inlet, the industry was responding well and production was going up.

Family touched by prejudice in Homer

I love this community and I love America. I have friends and acquaintances with varied political and religious beliefs who have always treated me well. Although I have a very good life, it does not mean my family has not been touched by prejudice in Homer. Each of us has his own life experiences and we often don’t know the details of those of others.

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