Story last updated at 4:46 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2002

Rally exemplifies value of democracy
As the president revs up the war machine, it is refreshing to see that folks some 5,000 miles away in Homer have not shrunk from weighing in on the debate.

A rally last week organized by the group Kindness Without Borders drew nearly three dozen people downtown to protest what they view as a needless rush to war. At the same time, a smaller contingent of supporters of the president conducted a rally of their own on the opposite street corner.

Regardless of where we each stand individually on the matter, it is good to know that in the absence of a meaningful national dialogue on the important issue of taking the unprecedented step of pre-emptive action against Iraq, that Homer residents are committed enough to let their voices be heard.

In these days of rampant voter apathy and low turnout at the polls, such a response is encouraging. We applaud the participants on both sides of the street for last week's rally, all of whom were passionate enough to get out and share their opinions in a respectful and non-threatening manner. That's what the democratic process is all about.