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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.

We are harvesting too many lingcod

Lingcod season opens Wednesday, July 1, and many of us are eagerly looking forward to it. After moving to Homer in 2002 and sampling our region’s rockfishing, I was absolutely amazed at the abundance and size of the lingcod we caught in the vicinity of Elizabeth, Perl and East Chugach islands. 

Tough financial times may be beneficial to our health

Editor’s Note: MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships) is a local coalition that aims to foster connections and build on 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.  

 

Public safety building not best use of money

On Tuesday, May 26, there was the first of two readings for Ordinance 15-18 (s) at the Homer City Council meeting. The ordinance amends the FY2015 capital budget by “appropriating $621,500 from the general fund balance to the public safety building project account to fund the new public safety building to 35 percent design.” 

The second reading for Ordinance 15-18(s) is June 29. If the city council passes this ordinance, the City of Homer will come close to spending one million dollars toward this monster of a building. I say, make it stop. 

It’s time to reduce Bering Sea halibut bycatch

The summer season is upon us and for many Alaskans this means fishing for one of the state’s most prized species — halibut. 

During the first week in June, federal fishery managers have an important opportunity to take a stand for those of us in Alaska that value and depend on the halibut resource. At their meeting in Sitka, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will vote on measures to reduce the amount of halibut that can be wasted as bycatch in other fisheries.  

Alaskans will suffer with this budget cut

What does the $1.5 million taken from our budget mean to Alaska’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Work?

When Gov. Bill Walker called the Alaska Legislature back into session, the $1.5 million taken out of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault’s budget for prevention efforts statewide was put back on the table.

The critical question for the Legislature to consider is “What does the $1.5 million pay for today and what does it mean for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention efforts in 2016?”

Connecting the coast

A small but formative fraction of my life has been spent gazing out salt-sprayed windows at rugged terrain and open ocean. 

My father’s silhouette was always incorporated in the scenery, reflected on the glass that shielded our fragile flesh from the elements. As he sat in the helm seat, occasionally leaning forward to alter our course or to study charts that he had known longer than he knew me, I looked out the window and absorbed what it meant to be a fisherman. 

Personal use, sport anglers need equal voice on board

Many of the folks who choose to live in Alaska are here for quality of life opportunities, especially the opportunity to hunt and fish.

More than half of all Alaskans live in the Cook Inlet region where the Kenai River supports the state’s largest sport and personal use fisheries. This one magnificent river puts food in family freezers and cash in hundreds of registers and creates life-long memories for hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors. 

More should shoulder responsibility for what happened at drinking party

What a thin line there is between “civilized” human behavior and the behavior of animals. And how easily that line is erased with the over consumption of alcohol which can result in despicable mob behavior.  I’m referring to the uncivilized, irresponsible, insensitive action at a teenage party of two and a half years ago.  

Especially troubling as I see it is that responsibility for the occurrence has been directed at the two Resetarits brothers. It seems to me that there is a far wider circle of people who share that responsibility.

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Entire community can play part in helping young people grow into thriving adults

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.  

 

Youth, do you have at least one adult besides your parents that you can go to for help if you had an important question affecting your life?

Food pantry depends on community

You may have noticed that the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank (KPFB) is sending out donation requests of late.  Homer Community Food Pantry (HCFP) has received several calls asking, “How does this donation benefit you?” 

We receive no money from them. Donating to them is your decision. As dues-paying members of KPFB, our only benefit is purchasing food, when they have it, at a reduced cost. 

What can community do to prevent repeat of September 2012 incident?

With the settling of the Resetarits case, our community and our court system have sent a message that what happened that night in Septemberr 2012 was unacceptable. Whether or not we all agree that the message was strong enough or came soon enough, whether we think, as the mother of the victim said, “the system is broken,” or believe that justice has been served, I think we can all agree that we don’t want something like this ever to happen in our community again.

A modest proposal: You can’t take it with you, so use it to help good cause

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o, here’s the deal. You can’t take it with you. None of it. Nothing. Naught. Nada. Zilch. Zippo. As important as your money, real estate, mutual funds, IRAs, stock, cars, trucks, 4-wheelers and fishing poles may be to you in this life, they will be useless in the next. 

So, what’s a prospective decedent to do?

Much of estate planning is driven by the stage of life the person is in at the time the planning is conducted.

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