United States Constitution

Do you value your freedom?

Are you aware that many of your constitutional rights have been or are in the process of being usurped or taken away?

They include the right of free speech and religion, the right of life, the right to a fair trial by jury and counsel, the right to own a gun, protection from unwarranted search and seizure, no cruel and unusual punishment and all rights not stated in the Constitution are held by the people.

I suggest you read the Constitution before voting and consider what candidate will clearly and unequivocally support liberty.

Council rejects $100,000 grant to senior center

Citing a tight budget and low reserves in unspent funds, the Homer City Council at its Monday night meeting did not introduce an ordinance appropriating $100,000 in matching funds to Homer Senior Citizens Inc. to pay for natural gas conversions at its facilities. 

Homer Senior Citizens has received a $100,000 state grant.

In another action, in a 4-2 vote, the council spiked a resolution by council member Bryan Zak directing that the council open its regular meetings with a prayer. 

Writing new city charter opens whole world of possibilities

“We the people of Homer, Alaska, having chosen to settle amongst the beauty and bounty of Kachemak Bay, establish this charter from which our governance shall be determined, and our rights as its citizens shall be protected.” 

That could be the preamble to the city constitution that I would like to see written and presented to the voters for their consideration. It establishes the source of political power; it states our sense of place; it establishes a balance between the obligations of community while preserving the rights of the individual. 

Begich: Public money should only be spent on public schools

JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said Monday that Alaskans should never amend the state constitution as a “fix” for education.

Proposed constitutional amendments pending before state lawmakers would allow for public money to be used for private or religious schools. Supporters see this as a way to allow for more choice in where parents send their kids, but critics fear it could siphon needed money from public education. Republican Gov. Sean Parnell has called on state lawmakers to debate the proposal and send it to voters to decide.

HB 77 violates Alaska Constitution

Article 8, section 2 of the Alaska Constitution reads: “The Legislature shall provide for the utilization, development, and conservation of all natural resources belonging to the state, including land and waters, for the maximum benefit of its people.”

Article 8, section 1 reads: “It is the policy of the state to encourage the settlement of its land and the development of its resources by making them available for maximum use consistent with the public interest.”

Freedom Show is coming

It’s time for the Freedom Show because the corporate takeover of these united states has finally overreached to the level of angering America’s European allies: The National Security Agency monitors German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone. 

It’s time for the Freedom Show because the deliberately sinful, ethics-free corporate takeover of America, like any operation without principles, is subject to dissolution by the free will choice of its participants, as they wake up to the charm of honest life.  

Home-rule signature gathering begins

An effort to gather enough signatures to put before votes the choice of making Homer a home-rule city is underway. According to Melissa Jacobsen, deputy city clerk, nine petition packets have been distributed.

“Right now my book has only one signature, my own,” said Ken Castner, who, along with Ginny Espinshade, is leading the effort.

Currently, Homer is a first-class city. As a home-rule city, it would write its own charter, or constitution, as Castner calls it. That task would be done by an elected charter commission. 

City should not destroy building

“The right of the people freely to assemble” is enshrined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

To speak up is to step up

As we celebrate Independence Day this year, let’s take a close look at what keeps us independent: the Constituion of the United States of America.  

The First Amendment has been on my mind of late. At the last Homer City Council meeting you may have heard Mayor Beth Wythe take you to task if you’ve been critical of your elected officials.  

“If you’re so concerned, step up. There are two seats open every year,” she said.

Gun control only hurts NRA

Fascist politicians, judges and justices have long insisted we should use the original intent of the framers to interpret the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution guarantees the right to travel to U.S. citizens. However, if a person wants to travel using an automobile, they have to be licensed and the vehicle has to be registered. To travel by foot, horse or bicycle requires nothing but ambition.

Term limits back on table

With many among them up for a third or fourth re-election in 2014 and 2015, members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough 

Assembly are looking to remove citizen-created term limits from borough law this summer.

The assembly Tuesday floated a proposed ordinance seeking to amend a 2007 citizen initiative limiting them to two consecutive terms without taking a six-month break before a third.

Assembly members voted to hold a public hearing on the ordinance and set it for July 2. 

Assembly passes 2014 budget, property taxes static

With little fan fair the Kenai Borough Assembly on Tuesday passed the 2014 budget by unanimous consent, sending $73 million into the collective checkbook for the next fiscal year beginning July1.

Very little conversation was had on the so-called "status quo budget" beyond a last-minute moving of money into and then back out of the funds allotted to the Kenai Peninsula Development District.

"The mayor promised status quo and brought it," said District 8 Assemblyman Bill Smith.

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