Point of View

What’s happening with U.S. economy at heart of state, city financial woes

Thank you to Homer City Council Member Francie Roberts for nine years of thoughtful, caring leadership on the council and as Mayor Pro Tem. On a personal level you have been a great mentor and colleague to me both with the council and on the KBBI board. I hope you enjoy the free time that opens up now that you don’t have all the council work, even if you have to stick it out through October.

Prepare for opportunity disguised as something that looks like a loss

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he 12th annual enactment of the Burning Basket interactive, impermanent art was a brilliant success. A giant intricately woven basket and labyrinth were created by people of all ages. Nearly 100 hours were donated to gather materials and to build the installations, with over 30 people participating, as well as 80 students and teachers from Fireweed Academy who came to add their special creative touch, thanks one and all.

Time for city residents to face the music

We’ve grown so accustomed to reading about federal and state government deficit spending that people’s eyes start to glaze over when the talk turns to Homer’s own budget dilemma. As civic leaders ask us for solutions we end up with so many opinions that it’s hard to know where to begin. In the final analysis the cost of government is all about taxes.  And if we are smart, taxes should be all about fairness. 

Court fight over water rights raises question:Whose side is DNR on?

As water becomes more of valuable commodity in the United States, competition between public and private uses for this resource is heating up. This has caused a disturbing trend in governmental sector which seems to be succumbing to political pressure to side more often with corporate interest wishing to privatize water use. 

Let’s make Homer a hunger-free zone

“You will have to eat bread and milk for dinner tonight,” she said every now and then.My mother wasn’t lazy. She birthed 11 children, eight of us at home and breast fed all of us. We lived on a small farm in North Dakota “in the boon docks” so to speak, no school bus service, not on the main road, 32 miles from my high school. 

In celebration of Marion Parsons Day

After well over 30 years of no real vacation, but for here and there, family obligations back East and one too brief respite in Hawaii, it all, suddenly, came to an end.

I spent most of 2014 decompressing from one long hard day’s night that began in 1980. (What I was doing is another story.) But in March I jumped out of my self-imposed  fish bowl, Homer, and launched myself on an adventure on the big island of Hawaii, reacquainting  myself with a piece of property, in a place called Wood Valley, I bought seemingly a lifetime ago. 

KBC plays critical role in community’s health

Editor’s Note: MAPP,  Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships, is a local coalition that aims to use and build upon our strengths to improve our individual, family and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, educational, environmental, mental, physical and spiritual health.  

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s school shopping begins and road trips to college start getting organized, families prepare for big transitions. 

Woodard Creek connects us

Anyone who’s experienced the quiet, shimmering magic of a rippling creek knows what piece of mind it can bring.  We forget about the turmoil of life and clear our minds to think and reflect. The subtle music of gurgling water is a soothing medicine; if you’ve never experienced it, you are missing a treasure. If you have, nature has soaked you in one of its best tonics. 

Trade pact will give corporations more power

An obscure and controversial trade bill negotiated by the Obama Administration and pending in Congress poses a direct threat to our democracy and to Alaska’s sovereignty.

Unfortunately, our two senators — Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan — recently voted to “fast track” the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) before anyone knows what’s in it. 

What does it take to raise a child?

We have waited to write this letter until we heard from the State Medical Examiner and knew the cause of Devin’s death. There have been numerous rumors floating around which is unfair, but human in nature. 

Devin died of “ Cardiac Dysrhythmia of unclear etiology.” The toxicology report only showed signs of the presence of caffeine.

Borough offers pilot project to recycle e-waste Saturday

If you live in the Homer-area, pull out any old electronics you forgot to recycle back in April. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department is teaming up with Total Reclaim, with support from Cook Inletkeeper, to collect electronics this Saturday, July 11, at the Homer Transfer Station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

This is a pilot effort, held in conjunction with the station’s quarterly hazardous waste day.

Homer Foundation fund will help honor teachers

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ears ago I remember being at the chalkboard in mathematics class, my back to a class of students, and saying, “If you are going to write notes (this before cell phones and texting), you best do that between classes.”

Later a student asked how I knew and I remember saying, “A teacher and mother has eyes in the back of her head.” Another way to say this is a teacher sees with his/her heart, the way all of us see truth.

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