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Please vote responsibly

I hope the residents of Homer give serious thought to the upcoming election. The Homer City Council, the past mayor, the former and present city managers and department of public works have all been aware of the damage to the property in the Baycrest Subdivision by the cutting of trees and the clear-cutting on the bluff done by Enstar Gas.

There’s got to be a better way

In less than one week Homer voters will be asked to spend $17 million on two public projects that too few young voters are paying attention to. A $12-million police station and $4.8 million to bail out the hospital. We expect the folks behind these projects to support them — but why should the rest of us — young people in particular?

Vote ‘no’ on KPB Prop 2

South Peninsula Hospital needs to wean itself from the property-tax-funded subsidy it enjoys. The South Peninsula Hospital Service Area property owners (and renters via their landlords) pay a 2.3 mill rate on the value of their property per year to the hospital. The Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area property owners pay .3 mills.

Why are we paying almost eight times more?

Vote ‘yes’ for new cop shop

Writing this comment in regards to the new police station. As with all new building/amenities that the city provides us via our vote, here is another opportunity to upgrade our town’s infrastructure. The cop shop is outdated and will be unsafe for its duties, if not now, very soon. Here is our chance to vote in enough money to make it happen.

Utilizing the existing HERC building significantly cuts the cost of the project. Those of us who have been here awhile love that old building and would love to see its improvement.

Banking partners needto rebuild their integrity

Corporate structure appears to lack moral turpitude sufficient to the responsibility of handling hard-earned wages and investments.

We banking customers need to be the conscience of our banking institutions. It is very upsetting that they have been using illegal incentives and practices. We have been violated.

Kudos to Sen. Elizabeth Warren for pursuing this investigation through the Senate Banking Hearing. She did her homework and was prepared.

Erickson will serve residents well

I am writing to show support for Shelly Erickson for Homer City Council. We have known the Edens family for 50 years. My family moved to Homer in 1966. Shelly grew up in Homer, raised her children here and she and her husband, Jeff, have invested in Homer both in businesses as well as supporting the community through volunteer service. I, like Shelly, am a grandmother and want my family to be able to raise their children in Homer.

Public safety building needed

As most people know our city government has certain responsibilities to ensure a prosperous, livable and safe community. Included in these responsibilities are the harbor, public utilities, fire and public safety. The city supports the harbor which provides safe moorage for the charter fleet and the commercial fishing fleets. This provides for a steady reliable economic base for Homer. The city provides our citizens with access to sewage disposal and a safe water supply. Our roads are well maintained even in the winter with prompt snow removal.

Remember to vote Oct. 4

While much of the airways and newspapers focus on the national debate and election, let’s remember our local election day is Tuesday, Oct. 4. A variety of important and serious issues will be on the ballot for your consideration.

HEA should stay out of RCA vote

Dear HEA grid members,

Our electric supplier has recently begun a drive to remove itself from regulatory oversight of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, whose job has been to review rates and some other policies of HEA and other utilities in the state.

I don’t know all the issues yet, other than RCA requires a vote, scheduled for next month. I do remember reading a piece in the paper in which Bob Shavelson was quoted with several arguments against the idea.

Many helped 'hustle' soar

Many helped ‘hustle’ soar

The Halibut Hustle 5K may have missed out on the sunny Saturday weather but with a brave field of participants who were undaunted by the Sunday morning forecast along with the support from the City of Homer Port and Harbor staff, we had a fantastic event.

Sherry Bess has made a difference

Sherry Bess has made a difference

A huge, heartfelt thank you to Sherry Bess with the Homer Animal Shelter for all that she has done to help the animals, and people, in our community. Sherry, your kindness, passion and years of dedication are so very appreciated and you will be greatly missed. I hope you know how much of a difference you have made here, one kitten, cat, puppy, dog, bird, rabbit, hamster — and all those who love them — at a time. Wishing you the best as you move on to other adventures.

Christina Whiting

Despite economic challenges, public education a wise investment

Some people believe the school year is a marathon, but I liken it to a 400-meter run — the toughest race to run. We have precious hours, minutes, and seconds with students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Our nearly 8,800 students with diverse backgrounds and learning needs require parents, support staff, teachers, and administrators to maintain focus while moving briskly to meet their varied needs. We do this to keep students on track to achieve success and a meaningful high school diploma.

My lifelong friend

Annie Koskovich, my friend of many years, is with her angels. I have a heavy heart, I miss her and it has been a joy to have been a part of her life here on earth.

Acts of kindness, funny antics, honesty and always looking out for other people, myself included, are only a few of her accomplishments.

Rest in peace, my friend! Until we meet again!

In love and fond memories,

Sharon Hansen

It was a grand 90th birthday

Dear Community of Homer,

A person really can’t know what a day will hold, but there’s one thing for sure, it seems the community of Homer, Alaska, can be counted on to do the best thing possible — whatever it may be.

Thank you, community, for responding to my invitation to help me celebrate my 90th birthday.

From the beginning to the end, there was a feeling of love and anticipation. Thank you, again, for celebrating my 90th birthday with me. I feel blessed of God and each one of you is a part of that blessing. Thank you.

Scholarship winner grateful

I would like to give an honored and blessed thank you to the Homer Foundation for the Bill and Liz Johnson Teacher Education Scholarship. I would also like to give thanks to the Homer Emblem Club No. 350. I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone who considered me for these scholarships. Thank you for your investment into the youth of Homer and in my future.

Dogs unite!

I was surprised to read in the paper the astounding news of the new dog seatbelt law put in affect by the Homer City Council. In disbelief I checked to see if I really had an Alaska paper, instead of a provincial New England rag.

Was this a case of the city fathers (and mothers) feeling the need to create more regulation and restriction so the public will know that even our city government is out to protect us and our dogs from ourselves. Is this really Alaska?

John Rohde

Late of Homer

Animal shelter manager moving on

It has been my privilege to care for the animals at the Homer Animal Shelter for 26 years now. During that time I, and a dedicated group of volunteers, have tried our best to provide quality of life and a nurturing environment for the animals in our care; make the very best adoption matches possible for each and every animal; and address the animal control needs of this community.

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