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Water works: Difference of opinion on Homer’s water-sewer rate structure

As a member of the city of Homer Water and Sewer Task Force, I want to make it clear that the following is just my take on our progress after six months of work.
It is definitely not the opinion of the city administration. Their position, as recently written by the city manager in his budget message to the city council, reads:

Is Buccaneer prepared to handle emergencies?

Troubling questions about Buccaneer Energy were raised in recent opinion pieces. Buccaneer seems to be operating by the seat of their pants, letting things slide till the last minute, not always operating by the rules, and continually asking for special dispensation.  This behavior does not bode well for the company’s ability to handle the unexpected.

Cook Inlet oil, gas development focus of film, panel discussion

Some liken increasing oil and gas activity on the Kenai Peninsula and in Cook Inlet to a renaissance. A new Dark Ages may be more apt. The fall of the Western Roman Empire in AD 476 ushered in Europe’s Middle Ages, the early centuries of which were characterized in many places by complete breakdown of law and civility. Competing armies of marauding invaders swept the countryside seeking plunder, demolishing communities and ravaging the local people. 

There was no authority to intervene.

Recent teen tragedy evidence of illness, but there are cures

Hearing of the teen drinking party where no one moved to help the unconscious young man, but did video his brutal rape, I was reminded of an event four decades ago in New York. Much soul-searching was occasioned by the murder of a young woman outside her apartment building. Neighbors watched and listened to her scream for help, but no one came to her rescue or called the police. In the aftermath, New York’s young people organized the popular Guardian Angels.

American voters too smart to fall for Romney’s lies

What a window Mitt Romney provided at the first debate with President Obama into the very mindset that brought us liar loans and toxic mortgages; it showcased the crisis of integrity at the very heart of our financial and political system. 

That Romney could so utterly reverse everything he’s been telling us up practically until the day of the debate and walk away a so-called victor rather than a contemptible liar is absolutely tragic, if that really is the American people’s take.

I don’t believe it can be.

Overcoming violence: A time to unite

Jessica Lawmaster

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and I can't think of a better time to address our community.  Haven House has been providing crisis intervention, shelter, advocacy and outreach for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence for over thirty years. For the last four years, we have also been serving victims of child sexual abuse through our Children's Advocacy Center. Our greatest wish is to be put out of business but, unfortunately, our numbers continue to rise.

Will new travel brochures show drilling rigs in Kachemak Bay?

Bob Shavelson

Anyone coming over Baycrest Hill these days encounters a stark new addition to the Kachemak Bay skyline: Buccaneer Oil's jack-up drilling rig "Endeavour."

For some, the image harkens back to the days of Jay Hammond and the fight to put fish and the families they support before heavy industry.

For others, the rig looks like jobs and money.

Each side, of course, is right.  The question then becomes what type of economic development do we want for Kachemak Bay?

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