Homer Opinion

  • Before we turn a page on the calendar, let’s take a moment to remember October as Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Month — a month “devoted to honoring those we’ve lost and those who’ve survived,” said Jessica Lawmaster, executive director of South Peninsula Haven House. Sh...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 3:02pm
  • Lurking in medicine cabinets and jumbled bathroom drawers, unused and expired pharmaceuticals are a common item in today’s households.  Pharmaceuticals encompass a range of familiar items such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, veterinary medicines, personal care products, fragrances...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 11:07am
  • The adjective quixotic (from Don Quixote) means exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical. Indeed. At first glance, the idea of bringing Quixotic to Homer was truly quixotic. The cost, the size, the tech requirements, the time — how could we? But we did it — with hundreds of supporters...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:44am
  • School-grown and nurtured garden potatoes were the fare of the week at Fireweed Academy last Thursday. Topped with garden veggies and all the fixin’s, the K-2 students dove into their “Potato Sundaes” with gusto. Our second year garden, including opportunities like these “Potato Sundaes,” ...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:42am
  • Halloween is approaching and soon more than 500 robots, knights, witches, wonderwomen, princesses, pirates, goblins, ghosts, aliens and angels will come to our Bayview-Mountainview neighborhood to trick-or-treat in one of Homer’s most cherished annual traditions. But so, too, comes an increasing a...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:41am
  • I was recently criticized in cyber-space. Here’s what was posted: “Surprised that the News published this snarky letter, which obviously was aimed at one person with whom the writer has a political disagreement with.” They went on to ask what a “natural born” anthropologist was. Here’s w...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:39am
  • We, as a group of Bristol Bay drift fishermen, are deeply concerned about the actions of the Alaska State Troopers and their approach of targeting us, so-called “Russian” fishermen.  This salmon season, around July 2013, it has become increasingly obvious to us of the unfair treatment of ou...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:39am
  • Imagine two well established packs of dogs (say pack R and pack D), roaming  the streets. As territorial critters are wont to do, they pee on walls and prominent objects in order to mark the borders of their respective homelands.   In the areas of their territory which are disputed, one fi...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:37am
  • “The right of the people freely to assemble” is enshrined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the r...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:36am
  • What’s the proper relationship between the private and public sectors? Recent government actions have prompted us to consider that question anew. The seeming unwillingness of the Homer City Council to provide relief for the estate of late council member Dennis Novak, whose Bay View Inn lost its pe...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:35am

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