During an Oct. 25th public meeting at McNeil Canyon School, Buccaneer Alaska’s Mark Landt shared his dream for coming years. Strike it rich offshore and onshore. Drill more wells. Build roads and other infrastructure all over the West Eagle leases. Run a pipeline across the Anchor River toward Nikolaevsk. Keep East End Road busy with related truck traffic.
It was the single heartfelt response to questions during two nights of long overdo public meetings.
Buccaneer is not well liked by some community members.
I sensed at the recent Bidarka Inn public information meeting a definite hostility, a visceral hatred, even, that rolled like successive crashing waves threatening to engulf and sweep-away the hapless Mr. Landt, Buccaneer's spokesman, had he not, figuratively, been lashed to his lectern.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, the latest Warren Miller film will be playing at the Homer Theater. Miller’s 63rd feature film, “Flow State,” “brings audiences to a place only recently identified by scientists; a place they now understand skiers and snowboarders achieve where, the faster they go physically, the slower things appear to them mentally. ... If this is the first time you’ve heard of it, it’s probably not the first time you’ve been near the ‘Flow State.’ It exists anywhere crisp winter air shocks your lungs and sunlight refracts off snowflakes.”
Mary Miner wrote a letter advocating banning GMOs from Homer’s school lunches, and I agree.
GMO means genetically modified organisms, combinations of plant-animal-virus corporately designed to survive herbicides.
Since 2008, all rice, wheat, corn, soy and canola products raised in the USA are genetically modified, unless marked non-GMO. Since all animal feeds (except organic feeds) are GMO, all American animal protein — pork, beef, chicken, eggs, and dairy — are GMO.
The Buccaneer public meeting at McNeil Canyon Elementary School illustrated wide gaps in perception between the Australian company and local residents. The meeting started with a local resident noting that “Responsibility” was pasted in large letters on the gym wall. It ended with the unanswered question, “who will go to jail?”
In-between was a lot of saccharin-laced sweet talk by company representatives repeating usual oil company mantra.
This quarter the second through sixth graders researched the plastic bag ban issue (Ordinance 12-36) and then held a class debate. We read past community newspaper articles and Internet articles about plastic bag bans elsewhere and paper versus plastic articles. We looked for pros and cons and voted. Our class vote was 11 pro (in support of the ordinance) and 15 con (against the ordinance).
As I write, there are only a handful of days until this country votes to end the second terrorist attack on our country.
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the news went public what free thinking people already knew. It wasn’t a surprise, it’s all we’ve heard for four years, but Obama lied about the attack on the embassy in Libya. Two hours after the initial attack, the White House was made aware of the attack, and that Al Qaeda was claiming responsibility.
Most Libertarians, Democrats, Tea Party activists and some Republicans agree that the rich should not be able to buy elections. For the first time, nonprofits, corporations and unions are legally spending billions for political ads. The “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision, 2010, eviscerated campaign reform laws and earlier United States Supreme Court decisions by stating that corporations, nonprofits and unions have the same free-speech rights as people.
Did you know that the executive branch may conduct unwarranted search and seizure, disappear to undisclosed indefinite detention, torture or rendition American citizens anywhere in the world, including America, without due process, trial or jury on mere whim of, or unproven allegations under the guise of terrorism?
We are fortunate to be able to meet Victor Fischer, one of Alaska’s Founding Fathers, at the college this Friday evening, Nov. 2.
To All Medicare Beneficiaries,
Don’t forget — Medicare Open Enrollment for Part D (the drug plans) is Oct. 15 through Dec 7. Now is the time to compare your current Medicare Part D plan with all your options for 2013. You may find better coverage, higher quality or lower cost. Some plans offer prescription coverage when you’re in the coverage gap/donut hole but others don’t.
On Sept. 27, more than 450 students in grades 3-6 filled Homer High School’s Mariner Theatre for a rollicking one-hour assembly with the great cowboy musicians, Riders in the Sky. With their gentle, wacky humor, extraordinary musical talent and stage presence, the Riders delivered an amazing show, and the students ate it up. They sang, clapped their hands, yodeled and asked questions (“Why do you have sparkles on your shirt?” ... “How old are you?”) And from what I’m hearing from people around town, our kids are still talking about the Riders.
Definition from Webster’s Tenth Edition:
Buccaneer (circa 1690) 1: any of the freebooters preying on Spanish ships and settlements especially in the West Indies in the 17th century; broadly: pirate. 2: an unscrupulous adventurer especially in business or politics.
Bumppo Bremicker and Lindianne Sarno