Letters

Thanks from Homer Animal Friends

Homer Animal Friends would like to thank Grace Ridge Brewing for hosting the first annual HAF and Kachemak Bay Running Club "Dog Jog".

The event was well attended and the participants enjoyed excellent crafted beer. Following one of the true definitions of grace, the brewery's employees pooled together more than $1,700 in tips and donated them to HAF, which will help our mission to promote animal welfare, safety, and education in our community. 

Student appreciates scholarship

I am writing to thank the Homer Foundation and the Tin Roof Fund for awarding me the Beluga Tale Fiction Writing Scholarship in 2015. The scholarship will help me attend my second year at Swarthmore College. I greatly appreciate that my community supports its youth, and their endeavors in education and the arts.

 Sincerely,

Jonas Noomah

Seaton works with diverse groups

I was raised strict Republican to think for myself.

I have watched Paul Seaton work diligently with diverse town and state organizations election year or not.. both locally and in the legislature. He is a powerful thinking voice for our community.

If the shoe fits, why change it.

Martha Ellen Anderson

Party line ideology poisons process

It is not often that I write a letter to the editor, but this is a time I feel compelled to voice strong support for representative Paul Seaton in District 31. He has the courage to actually lead in order to move things forward. He not only represents his district exceedingly well, but Representative Seaton works towards the consideration and benefit of the working people all across the state of Alaska.

Seaton right person for District 31

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.

More words equal to less meaning

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.

Ramp 2 restroom needs some help

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Info on crane colts wanted

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

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.

Letters to the editor

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

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.

UK says enough of big government

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?

Mike McBride

North Kenai

Volunteer efforts benefit library

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

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.

Luka Schulz

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