I am supporting Representative Paul Seaton for re-election. Alaska is currently pumping $9-10 billion worth of oil per year with zero net benefit to the general fund. We have fields where the State has paid a hefty percentage of development costs that will not yield production taxes until the price exceeds $80. In Cook Inlet we are paying tax credits that make no economic sense what-so -ever and never will. Paul Seaton has worked tirelessly to bring some kind of sanity to our oil tax structure. He has 14 years of seniority and is a committee chair.
Speeches! Meaningless words put together to make someone believe what is being said by someone who does not believe what they said. In other words, what you want to believe. But the speaker does not.
One is a polished politician of many years who knows how to use words in a positive way to make you believe, but the speaker does not. The other is a person who is not politically correct, such as his opponent is, so tells it like it is. Or believes it to be.
It has been a couple years since I wrote about the public restrooms on the Homer Spit; the highly visible, super busy, rundown restrooms at the top of Ramp 2. They continue to be as busy as ever and continue to be a public eyesore. With all the new restrooms in low traffic areas along the harbor rim, the new bike trail and the big new harbor office you would think somewhere hidden in the various budgets there would be enough money to at least give this building a paint job and provide soap in the ladies bathrooms.
Alaskans don’t need Outsiders
telling us how to cast a vote
I’ve been an Alaskan for 49 years and when I first got here Alaskans would never have allowed outsider/carpetbaggers to tell us what to do. We were independent thinkers and for sure didn’t care how “they” did anything anywhere else. It would have been especially preposterous for some outside yahoo to try to tell an old-time Alaskan how to vote.
Legislature needs more like Seaton
I lived in Homer when Paul Seaton was first elected to the Alaska Legislature in 2002. I have been impressed with him ever since. He understands that we live in tough times that require tough decisions, and he has shown that he is not afraid of being part of the solution.
For fun-filled time, wallow in mud
On a recent, sunny, Sunday afternoon, Nature Rocks Homer held its seventh annual Mud Games at the Cottonwood Horse Park. It was such a fun-filled afternoon — we already look forward to next summer and the next round of mud wallowing. The Wallow has now been named “Carmen’s Mud Wallow” in memory of the founder of this tradition, and the person who impacted so many kids and adults to go play outside.
Volunteers enliven CACS day camp
Day Camp with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is in full swing. So far, we’ve had a lot of fun this summer and would like to give a warm thanks to everyone who has played a part. Many people in the community have graciously volunteered their time for our campers. Thanks to these individuals, we’ve been able to make some amazing memories. Below are the names of those superstars who have shared their passion and knowledge throughout these past weeks:
Grant helps Sprout grow
We at Sprout Family Services would like to thank the City of Homer Grants Program, through the Homer Foundation, for their generous grant to our organization. With this gift we were able to improve our outreach to families with children 0-5 years, by increasing our advertising and our publications, as well as creating “Welcome Baby” gifts, including a video on the importance of early literacy, for little ones born at South Peninsula Hospital.
Sandhill crane colts will be fledging (flying) very soon. It takes 60-70 days from hatching to fledging. Some may have already fledged if the pair started nesting earlier than usual.
Please report any crane colts that are now fully flying to Kachemak Crane Watch. Let us know where and when the colts were able to fly off with the adults. Include your specific location. Any other information you care to share is most welcome.
Foundation celebrates milestone
The Homer Foundation held its 25th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, July 16. Thanks to our gracious and generous hosts Bill and Dorothy Fry and their terrific staff at the Bear Creek Winery. The setting was most lovely and guests were able to sample a variety of the winery’s offerings and champagne donated by the Grog Shop.
Thank you for convention support
Dear people of Homer, I am so sorry that some form of a thank you did not get out to you sooner. Life has been a roller coaster for a bit here. Just wanted everyone to know how much we appreciated the support that we received from our wonderful community when we held our convention here in April.
Don’t tax Alaska’s children
Gov. Walker is trying to take candy from babies. He has decided to tax (and it is a tax) every child 52 percent of what is likely their only income, their permanent fund dividend. He didn’t cut the state budget, salaries or staff by 52 percent. He’s not taxing working adults or oil companies 52 percent. Consequently, those workers who live out of state will pay zero state taxes, Alaska citizens who earn $100,000 will pay only 1 percent while our children will pay 52 percent.
Accident waiting to happen?
Allow me to summarize BlueCrest Energy’s plan for fracking 10 oil wells in Cook Inlet and trucking up to 32 loads of crude oil a day to Nikiski: “Nothing can go wrong.”
UK says enough of big government
The British people, sick of big government nonsense, finally had the guts to stand up and say “enough is enough!” When will the good people of Alaska say the same thing about our state and local practice of “government of the government, by the government and for the government?” Will we have the guts to finally stand up?
On a related side note, if Gov. Bill Walker vetoes the permanent fund dividend payment will he become the most hated one-term governor in the history of Alaska?
Volunteer efforts benefit library
The Friends of the Homer Library and the Homer Public Library would like to thank Ben Gibson, Ken Castner and Phil Gordon for replacing a cedar post in the fish wall outside of the library. Phil Gordon generously donated the replacement log, and all three worked together to install it.
More scholarship thanks
I would like to thank the Homer Marine Trades Association for awarding me a scholarship for the refrigeration program at AVTEC in Seward. I appreciate all the local support from our community.
Parade should celebrate freedom
The Homer Chamber of Commerce denied the Fourth of July parade entry application submitted as “Hunters Against Assault Weapons.” The proposed entry was deemed too controversial, too political and inconsistent with parade themes of patriotism, our history and present culture. The chamber director said that our message was inappropriate for a family-oriented parade and that it would be better suited for a letter to the editor. So here goes:
Celebrate SPH’s 60th anniversary
It was 60 years ago in July that Homer opened the doors on the first hospital, providing two hospital beds, a place for visiting doctors, and the public health clinic. Residents worked hard to create the hospital 60 years ago, and decades have passed with continued support and commitment to the evolution and expansion of hospital services.
Murals: art or mess?
Last winter while I was artist-in-residence in St. Petersburg, I visited the Hermitage Museum almost daily. That museum’s collection, one of the wold’s greatest, spans the entire history of art from the Paleolithic to the present, and includes masterpieces from all cultures by artists both famous and anonymous.
In the presence of great art the conditions that determine aesthetic value clarify themselves to the thoughtful observer. There are formal consideration, those of excellence in line, color, shape, design, and composition.
Pier One Theatre: the Force rocks
Pier One Theatre would like to extend a big thank you to the cast, crew and audience who came out for our June Membership Weekend: the reading of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher and improv theatre by Fresh Produce. We acquired 27 new or renewing members, the most ever in one weekend, and a good start on purchasing a new sound system. Community is our foundation and the Force is strong with this one!
Jennifer Norton, artistic director
Pier One Theatre