Letters

Young people can change the world

Interesting letter last week by young Zoe Story wondering why women feel compelled to respond to media models which require them to reconfigure their bodies into abnormal anorexic toothpicks. I think I can assure her that, with respect to women's body shapes, most men are programmed by nature to prefer well-shaped curves.
Clearly the entertainment media is engaged in creating artificial appearance and behavior standards that are impossible for young women to comply with, despite their efforts to conform to the presumed peer-based cultural norm.

Men need to take stand against media images harming women

I wanted to applaud Ms. Story's well written and insightful article on Dec. 6 drawing attention to the media's portrayal of women. The travesty that a young girl at some point believes the lie that she is somehow less because she doesn't measure up to a popular media propagated image has destructive implications far more then we realize.

Raising taxes for wealthy would benefit the economy

Looking at the Fiscal Cliff dilemma from an accounting perspective, raising taxes for the wealthy should actually benefit the economy.
Every dollar spent on creating jobs and paying employees is a business expense, and therefore already tax deductible, so the more a business invests in job creation, the fewer taxes they will have to pay.
Investing in their business, therefore, becomes even more of an incentive for the business owner, in addition to their privilege to be able to help grow the economy.

Cheers to supporters

This was my first year to coach the Homer High School football cheerleaders and it was truly a pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with the cheerleaders, their wonderful parents and the volunteers. I am so grateful for their endless time, support and energy and appreciate all they did and all the help they provided -- thank you.

Remembering loved ones

Hospice of Homer recently held our annual Remembrance Celebration where community members had the opportunity to honor their loved ones. On behalf of hospice, I would like to thank the businesses and individuals for their support of this program: Hospice of Homer Chaplain, Bob Redmond, for his heartfelt words and Buck Curry for the inspiring Native American flute music as well as Safeway Food and Drug for the lovely flowers and Two Sisters Bakery for the delicious treats.
It is important to remember them, to speak their names aloud, and remember their wisdom.

Big Brothers Big Sisters say thanks

Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank the Homer Foundation for awarding our program a grant to purchase a new camera and video recorder. These funds have been put to good use documenting our new matches and group activities. The video recorder is not only allowing us to interview our Bigs and Littles for fundraising events but also for use by our matches for fun activities. We already have one Teen Sister who is using the recorder to make her own movie. Thank you, Homer Foundation, for starting something big and supporting mentoring in our community.
Jenny Martin

Brother Asaiah on Kindle

"Dear most honorable citizens dancing on the Wheel of Destiny here in our Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea" -- I would pop right out of my boots to see again the poet who coined that phrase and wrote more than 200 Letters to the Editor in that reliable unique style. Can you believe it, it was almost 13 years ago when Brother Asaiah left this planet.
Some of us see his spirit of community goodwill arising through many people, here and there, as the wind blows, but no one has the same unique prophetic sense of poetry and history as Brother Asaiah.

Finding new perspectives

It seems that we, as people, are not as open-minded as we could be. So often we are unwilling to see the other side of things. We are convinced that the way we do something is the only way that works. When someone does something that doesn't fit in our approach, we react to it growling and snapping, "How can you do that?" There is only one way of living life, and no other.
But this is not the case. All we need do is look outside to see that our way is not the only way.

HEA fairs again great success

Homer Electric Association would like to thank everyone who helped make our recent Energy and Conservation Fairs a great success. The fairs at the Kenai Middle School and West Homer Elementary School attracted more than 800 people who received information about energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling and other topics related to this year's theme, "Safe, Responsible Energy Solutions."

Teens raise awareness of homeless

Teens United For A Future wants to thank all of the volunteers and teens representing the 37 homeless school students at the first Annual Homeless Awareness Rally in Homer Dec. 1. The signs and displays, amazing teens standing up for their peers and the group of adults standing together showing we care about our community of homeless families and teens was so moving.

Kudos to Homer's high-tunnel guy

Mark Kinney -- the guy who brought Homer the high tunnel -- retired Nov. 30. Because of Mark and his gang of dirty guys -- Homer, the Kenai, Kodiak all of us have more food security, variety and opportunity. He has worked for the Department of Agriculture/soil conservation since he was 21 years old. Now he and his super wife Shawnee are contemplating a new future.
Before his boots dry I want to say thanks to a guy who made a difference. Thanks a lot. See you at the Farmers' Market in May.
Shelley Gill

Does council really know best?

Did I hear right last week? Our city council proposes to rescind the sales tax holiday through ordinance. Wow, I guess the will of the public is best served by the infinite wisdom of our council to know all of what is best for us.
Of course if you can obligate all city land owners to a 12 mill plus financial obligation and at your discretion and decide how much opposition will be deemed relevant, I guess the measly sales tax revenue dollar amount should be taken in stride by the public.

Voz students say thanks

 


The students of Voznesenka School would like to thank Bridget Kuhns and the Homer High School for letting us use the pool for our Marine Safety Drill Instructor class.

The use of the pool gave us the opportunity to run safety drills in water.  We needed this to pass our class and get our drill instructor license. Thanks again for the use of your swimming pool.

 

Contribution goes to youth arts

Homer Council on the Arts has recently received a sponsorship contribution from ConocoPhillips Alaska in support of our after-school arts and theater programs for young people. This gift helps make possible TheatreShakes, our youth theatre skills program, which recently presented a condensed version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 

In the HCOA gallery, more than 100 students and senior adults enjoyed a matinee performance, which was followed the next evening with a full house public performance. 

Homer backs early learning

Writing on behalf of children and the Homer Head Start Parent Committee, I wish to thank our community for generously supporting our recent bake sale. Thank you also to Safeway for providing a venue for the sale. Our parent committee raises funds to support enrichment activities for children. This year funds will be used for swimming lessons, visiting artists and musicians, field trips to access learning experiences beyond our classroom, and revisions to our playground to provide more natural elements. Thank you, Homer, for supporting the important years of early childhood.

Cheers to supporters

This was my first year to coach the Homer High School football cheerleaders and it was truly a pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with the cheerleaders, their wonderful parents and the volunteers. I am so grateful for their endless time, support and energy and appreciate all they did and all the help they provided — thank you.

Let’s be last in some things

We need a revolution and we have an opportunity.

 We’re No. 1.  Rape, domestic violence, suicide, child abuse, fetal brain damage from alcohol and alcoholism: For more than 40 years Alaska has the highest rates in the nation.  A recent survey of Alaska women found one in three had been raped. Must we endure this? 

 Given our wealth and small population, we should be the happiest and healthiest bunch of people in the United States. We very much are not.

Simple change could save everyone money on proposed natural gas line


If the city’s natural gas Special Assessment District proposal survives the ongoing vote of the property owners, a small simple change to the city’s plan could potentially save money for us all, as well as satisfying some opponents: Give neighborhoods — at least those in the second year of planned development — the opportunity to opt out by a majority vote of the properties in the neighborhood. 

Say ‘no’ to heli-skiing

Residents of Homer, I strongly urge you to not allow heli-skiing in Kachemak State Park and Wilderness Park. Other state lands are available for this kind of activity in the area. Helicopters are extremely invasive machines. They disrupt wildlife and other backcountry users and are dangerous. 

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