Buccaneer defined

1) Historically, a pirate who preyed on Spanish colonies and ships in the West Indies during the 17th and 18th centuries; currently used as a term synonymous with pirate;
2) A ruthless and/or unscrupulous speculator or adventurer, especially in politics or business;
3) A person who tries to become wealthy or powerful by doing things that are illegal or dishonest.
Rika Mouw



Some lessons arent being taught

How do you teach empathy? Instill a conscience? In this country, this state, this community one in three people have been the victim of some form of sexual abuse or sexual violence. I personally know very few in my circle of friends who have not suffered. Perpetrators receive gratification: often at the expense of women, children, the elderly or the incapacitated.
Make no mistake: Rape is a form of torture. The torturer is motivated to dominate, humiliate: to destroy his victim. He or she does so by using the most intimate acts available to humans sexual ones.

Innocent until proven guilty

I am writing this letter after I read the charges the Resetarits boys received last week. The purpose of this letter is not to condemn nor condone their actions, but to remind people that this is still America and a person is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. I would like also to request those who pray do for all the boys involved along with their parents, families and friends as they anguish in the weeks and months ahead.
Joannie Hillesheim
Murphysboro, Ill. Former resident of Homer



Student apologizes for behavior

To all of those who have supported me throughout my high school career, I am apologizing for my actions last weekend. I have let you all down. Please believe me when I say I know how big my mistake was and that it will be in my head until the day I die. I ask that you remember who I am and who I still am. I will work twice as hard as a student athlete for the remainder of my high school career to try to gain back the respect and support I have lost from you.

Family appreciates loving care

We really want to thank everyone who came out to Dons celebration of life and those who shared publicly and privately. Hearing your stories was a gift. His grandchildren are young and the memories you shared will give them a better sense of who their grandfather was. A special thank you also to the staff of Marias Majestic View Assisted Living for the loving care you unfailingly gave him. Everywhere we turn we meet generosity and support. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
Don Rondas Family
Arlene, Ann, Sharon and Mike

Many thanks to Anchor River Inn

The friends and family of Gary Collins would like to give a big thank you to the Anchor River Inn for their donation of the banquet room, donation of the use of their kitchen supplies, and the use of their wonderful staff. You helped to make Gary Collins celebration of life a wonderful day. Our sincerest compliments to the Anchor River Inn and staff for their good humor and helpful ways. A special thank you to Jo Ann Acuna. Thank you.
Betsy Beaks for
the friends and family of Gary Collins

Shame on you, Homer

A few weeks ago a young person here in Homer was victimized, traumatized and assaulted at a party by a group of Homers supposed role models and athletes.
To the parents who let their children go to parties, shame on you, underage drinking is illegal.
To the parents of the middle school age children who were at this party, shame on you, maybe you need to be a little more on top of where your children are.
To the administrators and coaches whose response was pathetic at best, shame on you. Obviously stats and scores are more important to you than justice.

Graffiti: a different interpretation

It is with sincere gratitude that I thank Jo Going for her courageous letter.
I also appreciate Michael Armstrongs article on the graffiti that appeared in many places in town two weeks ago. In my opinion he missed a crucial point. When I saw the vandalized art wall, I wondered, What has just happened in our community to prompt this?
Graffiti can be a direct response to the sense of silence ... in response to trauma. I dont condone defacing property. There are times it is necessary to say, acknowledge publicly, when something has happened.


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