Story last updated at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2002

Mr. Seaton goes to Juneau
It may be too early to draw any real conclusions from the results of Tuesday's election. But one thing is certain -- in the race for House District 35, people voted for change. What that change will mean to the people of the Homer area remains to be seen. Challenger Paul Seaton, who repeatedly called for such change in his successful campaign to unseat incumbent Rep. Drew Scalzi, obviously struck a chord with voters, who elected him by a wide margin. We congratulate him on his victory, especially considering it was pulled off without the funding and establishment support usually enjoyed by incumbents.

Seated legislators make easy targets for critics. The recently departed Legislature, encumbered by election-year complacency and virtually hamstrung by a do-nothing Senate, was, perhaps, more deserving of criticism than most. But that should not detract from the hard work put in by many well-intentioned lawmakers, Scalzi among them, who bucked the current of complacency in their efforts to bring viable solutions to the state's mounting fiscal problems.

Without the support of majority leadership, Scalzi led the charge for progress with his involvement in the bipartisan Fiscal Policy Caucus. Some bills he advanced in the pursuit of solutions were widely criticized. But in the absence of easy, painless resolutions, any is bound to aggrieve someone.

Knowing this did not deter Scalzi from taking unpopular stands. His courage and his diligence in taking care of the people's business should be applauded, and the people of Homer should thank him for his tireless efforts on their behalf.

On the campaign trail, Seaton proved himself to be an Everyman, a regular guy concerned about the pitfalls of party politics and the dominance of special interests over the interests of the people. His idealism, backed by a keen and reasoned populist vision for the future of the district and the state, resonated well with voters.

But now comes the real challenge.

It will be interesting to see how Seaton evolves as a legislator faced with operating in a system he campaigned to change. Without a doubt, there is much that needs changing. We wish him well as he goes off to Juneau.

Change has also come to the Homer News, although in a more subtle way. Our recently launched Web site means readers can now find the paper in cyberspace. Located at, the site brings all features of the regular paper to the World Wide Web, where it can be accessed conveniently, 24 hours a day, from home or from faraway.

At the site, viewers will find links to additional classified ads, as well as to the annual tour guide and map of the area. There's also a "Question of the Week," where readers can weigh in on issues facing residents.

With the launch of this new phase of the Homer News, we are also adding reporters' e-mail addresses to the bottom of their stories. In so doing, we hope to be more accessible to our readers.

We are proud of the work we do, and happy to extend the reach of our product with a Web site. We consider it, however, a work in progress and look forward to hearing from you about suggestions to make it better, more relevant and more user-friendly.