Homer is our town. It belongs to all of us who live here. You don’t have to be a business owner or work for the city. If you live here, you are a citizen of Homer. As citizens we have responsibilities – including making sure our justice system is fair and efficient.
Our judicial system has big problems. One friend said she’d served on two juries in Homer that acquitted people she suspected of being guilty, because evidence showed the local police officers had lied, and so jurors didn’t believe the prosecutor’s evidence.
Higher courts have ruled that police officers can lie to subjects when they question them. For instance, an officer can tell a subject, “Your partner told me you committed this crime,” when the partner never said such a thing. Such a lie may be useful for putting away alleged criminals, but it is equally useful for pressuring the innocent into confessions.
I feel that police lies lead to many abuses of the justice system, turning it into an injustice system. The trouble is, lying quickly becomes a bad habit, especially when an officer believes a lie will put away “bad guys.” I personally have heard Homer police lie to make a better case. It almost always backfires, however, and results in injustice: either innocents are convicted or the guilty let go. Either way, as citizens, we need to protest lying as a misuse of police power.
A police officer once told a friend of mine that he doesn’t work for the people of Homer, he works for the city administration. Fine. The chief of police works for the city manager, and the city manager works for the city council. The city council works for the citizens of Homer. We, citizens, have the power and the duty to make justice work in our town.
I suggest, that past lies by the police be forgiven, but that any future lies in police reports or in court testimony result in immediate dismissal of the lying officer. It wouldn’t take long for such a policy, strictly enforced, to change the culture of our police department and help them do their job of enforcing the law fairly.
We need a good, honest, police force in Homer, and I think most officers are honest. But, too much dishonesty has occurred in Homer’s past, and we must demand that it cease.
Shoot the wolves, bait and trap bears — for whom?
The 2012 hunting season in Alaska is, as always, big business as the deal cut between the big game lobbyists, the governor and the legislature continues to ignore the law of the land.
Once again, more than 400 Alaskan families have lost their sport and meat hunting rights to non-resident hunters. Rights, I might add, which are guaranteed and provided for under the 8th amendment to the Alaska Constitution. This wanton, and deliberate breech of Alaskan’s hunting, brings big license fees to the state as well as millions of dollars for big game guides, creating a privileged class of citizens. Through political greed, wildlife policies perpetuate genocide upon other animal species. All for the protection of continued 19th-century style big game safaris in the 49th state.
Only after every qualified Alaskan has been given opportunity to the right of access to their common sport, or food, should consideration be given to non-resident hunting within the state.
I would like to thank all of the people that came out to the Homer High School gym the weekend of the Wasilla/Homer game and the ones that came back since then.
I saw many familiar faces that I haven’t seen for a while. It was appreciated that we had many more fans in the gym than our opponents.
Also, a heartfelt thank you to all of you, from all of us, who bought a ticket or an entire book of “cash raffle” tickets in support of the Mariner boys basketball program. Every year we have to fundraise, fundraise and fundraise some more, in order to travel around the state to get to games. Without these funds, our program would not survive. So, thanks a million. Sometimes the best place for these athletes is on a rickety old bus with no seatbelts, heading to their next sports event. They love it! And with all of the many threats of cutting funds and the reality of cutting funds, these dollars go a long way for our programs.
See you next year.
parent and fan
As Rome began its fall, Romans demanded bread and circuses from the government. Also, imperialism and lead poisoning contributed to their fall. History repeats itself.
I believe we, the people, have become over dependent on government. “Government, give me money, government give me food, government protect me from the terrorists, government give me health care.” But where does government get its money, especially if the wealthiest don’t pay their share?
A safety net for the poorest is necessary. I am more concerned with corporate welfare, bankers and war profiteers.
The shadow government is worse. They have our money, our media, our oil/energy our government. But what is worst, is they have most of our minds. They want to make us a poor nation because we will be more easily controlled. It is in the interest of global elites to destroy our nation and keep us dumbed down, fluoridated and vaccinated.
Truth and transparency have taken a real beating. An understanding, informed public is so important at this juncture in history. I feel like I should have a right to know what crimes my government commits in my name (Manning).
I should be allowed to know if my food is GMO. I don’t want to be NDAA assassinated by my president because of my politics (Breitbart). We have a slight chance to somewhat straighten things out with a game changer like Ron Paul.
Rev. Richard Olson
On behalf of my peers and myself, I would like to thank the Bunnell Street Arts Center for their local administration of the Artist in the School Program.
Specifically, we spent two weeks with Art Koeninger creating our own handmade jewelry pieces. Art taught us to open our minds and be creative, and experiencing his art class will inspire some of us to take our love for art a step further.
His class also has inspired Flex students to keep working on their pieces here, since he left us materials that will let us continue working. This was a great experience for all students involved, and we are looking forward to other art programs to be introduced next year.
Homer Flex High School would like to acknowledge the funders of the Bunnell Street Arts Center: Alaska State Council on the Arts, Jewel, Rasmuson Foundation and Conoco Phillips. We would also like to thank our legislators Paul Seaton and Gary Stevens for continually funding the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Thank you very much.
on behalf of Homer Flex students and staff
At its March 12 meeting, the Homer City Council will, courtesy of Councilman Hogan, revisit and possibly rescind the recent sewer and water cost increase now being applied to multi-plex owners. As an apartment owner, I expect to provide my input. Hope you will, too.
Last weekend, was the first Annual Pond Hockey Tournament in Homer, a fundraiser for Homer Hockey Association. Although the tournament was forced inside due to warm weather and unsafe conditions on Beluga Lake, the tournament was a huge success. Players from Soldotna, Anchorage and Kodiak came down to take part in the action.
We would like to thank all the local businesses that helped to make this fundraiser tournament happen. We are grateful to Beluga Lake Lodge for sponsoring our tournament and allowing us to hold all our post-game events at their facilities. Their food is fabulous and they are always so wonderfully accommodating.
SBS donated wood to make the goals and the Gear Shed donated the “Golden Shovels” for trophies. Cook Inletkeeper allowed the use of their video equipment and Hank’s Water spent countless hours trying to help us get the rink on Beluga Lake going. Owen’s plowing spent hours clearing snow on the lake, as did Travis Brown and Tabor Webb. Thanks for all your help and we can’t wait to do it again next year on the Lake.
Ingrid Harrald, Chris Brown,
Chris Cushman, Pond committee
Homer Cycling Club’s first annual Big Fat Bike Festival was an immensely fun success. Fat bikers flocked to Homer from all across the Peninsula and Anchorage, and from as far away as Palmer. There is a good chance that next year’s event will see people traveling here from Outside.
Organizing any inaugural event is a huge challenge, add to that a team of novice event planners and it would seem a recipe for disaster. In reality, sheer enthusiasm and determination were enough to realize our hopes.
We could not have pulled this off without an immense outpouring of support and encouragement from two different communities.
The state and national fat biking community were extremely generous in helping to spread word of the festival, and with auction items. In particular Chain Reaction Cycles, Salsa and Surly went above and beyond.
Our local community came through big time as well. Cook Inletkeeper’s willingness to listen to our proposal and then to support the festival enabled us to highlight an important link between non-motorized enjoyment of the wilderness and beaches and the need to actively work to protect their pristine qualities.
The logistics of transporting 40 bikes to Anchor Point was becoming a nightmare until Homer Brewing Company stepped up to volunteer their van, complete with Steve McAsland as driver. Nomad Shelter Yurts provided the perfect space for the bicycle art show.
Many, many more Homer-area businesses and individuals gave willingly of their time, services and inventory. We appreciate all your generosity, but are not able to recognize you all individually here.
Funds raised will be used to further our mission of promoting cycling as environmentally friendly, healthy and enjoyable.
If you would like to be involved, Homer Cycling Club meets in Room B103 at Homer High School at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.
Homer Cycling Club
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