Homer Alaska - Elections

Story last updated at 5:05 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dolma: It's important that no one is disenfranchised



Homer is a work in progress, and it is up to each of us to determine what our contribution to that legacy will be. It is not so important that someone led, but that they acted, not that they won but, that they tried, not that they were recognized, but that the task was done. I will lead when needed. I am also comfortable supporting others as they take the lead. I do not seek recognition but do seek results.

Every person's vision will not be the same, and it is important that visions are shared and debated in the open light of day so that no one is disenfranchised.

There are many issues to address in the coming months and years ... the natural gas build out, expanded fire protection, housing infill in the city limits and extension of water and sewer (all three will reduce costs to citizens through reduced utility costs, insurance costs and water and sewer costs). Expanding port and harbor infrastructure will make Homer more competitive and increase the number of higher paying jobs while increasing revenue to the city. Protecting and enhancing pedestrian right aways and strengthening the small businesses, arts, education, health and ecotourism industries will increase Homer's attractiveness as a visitor destination as well as support the quality of life for families and individuals who live here.

The City Council and the City of Homer can provide infrastructure, roads, police, fire .......laws and ordinances can be made and supported to encourage a positive business climate; but what no council person, council or city government can do is to build the spirit of a community. I said at the public debate last week that if the city librarian was the most important position in the city there would not be a need for as many police. That statement was not meant to imply that the police are not important, because they are. What the statement was meant to show that the city is responsive to the values of the citizenry and will be responsive to the needs, but also to the desires of its citizens. The city spends your money, and I do mean you're money, where it perceives the priorities are.

Once the city has passed laws, enacted policy and provided infrastructure and services, it is up to individuals to take the initiative. Volunteerism, participation, educating, communication, listening, moderation and acceptance of each other as individuals and as a community will increase prosperity. If we support open spaces, the arts, healthy lifestyles, trails, ecotourism sports fishing, kayaking, sightseeing, hiking, gallery shopping, and recreation, then that is what our City will be known for. If we support local businesses, the farmers market, education, programs for youth and nonprofits then those ideals will be reflected in Homer.

This weekend, I attended a memorial for a local elder and heard stories about his qualities, and what he stood for as a person, spouse, father, teacher, principal and involved citizen. There are many other leaders that have contributed to the community, some for five decades or more. These elders loved Homer, were passionate about individualism and the beautiful landscape but also shared a strong sense of community working to protect the integrity of what makes Homer unique.

I would like the opportunity to serve you during this tremendously exciting time. If elected, I will do my best to listen and take input from all sides and work responsibly and respectfully with others on the council to expand the quality of life here in Homer. I would appreciate the chance to work for you and would appreciate your vote.