‘Flow State’ comes to Homer

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.”

GMOs aren’t good for you

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.

Walking the talk

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.

Students debate plastic bag ban

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).  

Enough of ‘Blame Bush’

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.

Presidents and the Supreme Court

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.

What are we doing to combat evil?

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?

Medicare open enrollment for drug plans happening now

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.

Riders deliver amazing show

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.

What’s in a name?

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

Things Americans should know

The Federal Reserve, the Fed, is a private, for profit, conglomeration of banks, including international banks that stem from the Rothschild empire. The word “federal” is misleading. It, along with the IRS, was established and signed into law in 1913, under president Wilson. Wilson later regretted this signing. It passed through Congress after midnight right before Christmas while most of Congress was absent due to Christmas. It was never ratified by the states. Its 100-year charter is up next year. 

Homer’s entertainment can’t be beat

Wow — it was an evening of total electric energy at the Down East Saloon last Saturday night with the magical sounds of Meg Mackey. No one expected what they got this time for sure, a rock concert, for a mere $5 cover charge. It would have been $30 in any other town but Homer. Mackey’s awesome band also honored Paula with a birthday song during the evening, making it a home-like atmosphere.

Bycatch must be addressed first

According to the Oct. 11, 2012, Homer News article “NPFMC recommends catch sharing plan” the issue of the 13,686,000 pounds of commercial fishing bycatch and waste was still not addressed. Before any reduction of allocation of halibut from sport fishing occurs, the poundage commercial fishing bycatch and waste of halibut should be deducted from the commercial fishing allocation of halibut. Only then we can fairly discuss a catch-sharing plan between commercial and sport fishing. 

There is no bycatch and waste of halibut by sport fishing.

Lots of winners in Lions raffle

Don’t be sad if you didn’t win the 2012 Harley Davidson Switchback or one of 15 other raffle prizes from the Kachemak Bay Lions Club. Your $100 “donation” is going to help fund eye exams and glasses, Thanksgiving baskets, Long Term Care Center Christmas gifts, Leader Dogs for the blind,  diabetes research, cancer research, summer camps for visually impaired children, help for fire and medical emergencies, education scholarships and the list goes on. 

Family appreciates support

There are no words to express how much we appreciate the outpouring of love and caring we have received from so many people since Cody passed away. Your kind words, cards, flowers and hugs were so heartwarming. Cody will live on in our hearts and memories, but only time will help those memories bring more laughter than tears.  

Mike and Karen DeVaney


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