Letters – April 4

Stop second sentencings

In the last two years (since our son’s incarceration) we’ve been forced to listen to U.S. prosecutor, Kimberly Sayers Faye, testifying in court that. “We don’t make deals;” however, that doesn’t seem to be the case. We’ve noticed other inmates serve hardly any time at all, and some have even received immunity.
Recently, one of the inmates signed over properties valued at a six figure dollar amount with only 54 months to serve. Money over justice? Does this mean, if a person plays the game, gives up all assets, does a lot of fast talking, that they get all the benefits, including rehab and less time? I ask, what type of contract do these people sign? Does the judicial system own them for the rest of their lives? Does the law serve only those who can afford the assets?
Our son was not alone in Homer’s drug escapades. Some may like the fact that the judicial system played unfair with him while showing favoritism to others, but that doesn’t make it right. They broke our son’s rights. They blatantly slandered our family name in the community (with incorrect stories). Our family earned a humble, but honest, living for 30 years in Homer. Citizens of this country already recognize the judicial system desperately needs fixing. Our son’s dilemma has opened our eyes to the truth and we are learning (with proper procedures), changes can and will happen.
Sign the petition for change: www.change.org/petitions/stop-second-sentencing-double-jeopardy.
Nick and Toy Bairamis

Stop the hunger

There are 22,253 Alaska children going without breakfast each year. By
 providing breakfast, Senate Bill 3, “Funding For School Lunches,” will boost test scores, which would increase school funding under the
“No Child Left Behind Act.” It also would allow for more locally grown food 
to be brought into the lunchroom.
“Funding for School Lunches” is an
 economic and educational benefit to communities around Alaska.
  Yet, this bill is stalled in the House Finance Committee because
 co-chair Rep. Bill Stoltz has yet to schedule the bill for a hearing. Under the current political climate, it appears this bill
 will not move foreword. I strongly urge my fellow Alaskans, especially
those in Rep. Stoltz’s district, to contact their 
legislatures in support of SB 3: “Funding for School Lunches.”
By providing Alaska School Districts with 35 cents for lunch, and 15
 cents for school breakfasts, it will allow for Alaska children to get
 a nutritious start to their day; giving them their best chance at
learning and life.

Adi Davis

How gas benefits us

Here are some facts about the natural gas transmission line planned from Homer to Anchor Point:
1. The cost of heating your home with natural gas verses oil will save you 62 percent of your present heating costs.
2. The cost of heating your home with natural gas verses propane will save you 80 percent of your present heating costs.
3. The cost of heating your home with natural gas verses electric will save you 78 percent of your present heating costs.
4. The savings to the Kenai Peninsula Borough and us taxpayers on heating costs for the Homer Area Schools and the South Peninsula Hospital with natural gas, verses oil, will be $693,000 per year. This combined with the savings on other federal, state and borough buildings in Homer will amount to a total savings of $1,032,177, annually.
5. The cost savings of heating and cooking with natural nas will directly effect the financial well-being of our Homer area local businesses and enable them to continue to employee our local citizens.
6. Natural gas burns cleaner than oil and requires less maintenance .
7. This state alone has decades worth of proven natural gas reserves to serve our needs till a more cost effective, efficient, and reliable source of energy is available.
How can we not afford natural gas in Homer?
Dave Weber

HEA Day celebrated at Rope Tow

The Homer Rope Tow has provided downhill skiing opportunities to Kenai Peninsula families since the 1950s, and throughout this time, the Homer Electric Association and its employees have been instrumental in making the rope tow possible.  Last week, we celebrated HEA’s contributions with our annual “HEA Day,” where we provided free access to the rope tow for nearly 100 skiers and snowboarders, and HEA’s Joe Gallagher served up some great food on a beautiful, sunny day on Ohlson Mountain.  We also took the time to recognize Bob Moss, Sr., for his visionary role and dedication pioneering the rope tow.  So, a huge thanks to Joe, HEA and Bob Moss, and thanks, too, to Ulmers Hardware for great discounts on needed supplies.  With the heavy snow load this year, we’ll be running the tow every Sunday 12-5 p.m., conditions permitting. Check facebook/homerropetow or call 235-SNOW for weekly updates.
Bob Shavelson,
Homer Rope Tow president

Chuitna coal spawns bad idea

It would appear that under Mr. Sullivan’s “leadership” the DNR is prepared to reduce Alaska to a devastated third-world country in exchange for chump-change from foreign interests (including those from the Lower 48).
Do Sullivan and Gov. Parnell represent Alaskans, or the moneyed “treasure hunters” seeking to profit from the ruination of this state and its renewable resources? The Chuitna River spawning grounds support one of the largest remaining king salmon runs in Alaska, thus it represents one of the largest remaining King Salmon populations in the world. King Salmon are declining everywhere.
Will the Texas speculators bankrolling PacRim lose a minutes’ sleep if king salmon are placed on the endangered, or extinct, species list?  Far more importantly, will Sullivan and Parnell?  It already seems obvious that our elected so-called “representatives” and their appointees have taken their 30 pieces of silver and sold their souls, and our future, to the treasure hunters.
I would love them to prove me wrong. If not, may their political futures die with the Chuitna River water-shed.
Al-Hajj Frederick Minshall

Sea to Ski triathlon rounds out season

Warm weather welcomed athletes this year at the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club – Sea to Ski Triathlon. It’s always one race leg that rears its ugly head and this year it was the bike where athletes were forced to peddle through mash potato snow to complete it.
The KNSC would like to express its thanks to Homer Saw and Cycle for co-sponsoring the race and to all the generous businesses that donated door prizes and helped make the race possible: Captains Coffee, Chain Reaction Sports, Cosmic Kitchen, Cycle Logical, Fat Olives, Homer Saw & Cycle, Kenai Peninsula Suites and Marine Services of Alaska. The City of Homer, Public Works and the Homer volunteer fire department generously provided support for course set up and EMT monitoring.
I would like to personally thank all the many volunteers who helped during the preparation and day of the race. You all made it happen. Lastly, congratulations to all the athletes who participated. The KNSC hopes you had a great race and will come back again next year. Race results for Sea to Ski and all the other races for this year and past are posted at the KNSC website http://kachemaknordicskiclub.org/.
Mike Byerly
KNSC Sea to Ski Triathlon coordinator

Keep promise

Developing the Chuitna coal fields is one of the worst ideas ever to infect resource development in Alaska. Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded that PacRim’s plans to re-create a wild salmon stream are scientifically impossible. The plan will irreversibly destroy eleven miles of salmon streams. This irreversible destruction is cause for Gov. Parnell to instruct DRN Commissioner Daniel Sullivan to overturn his previous ruling and declare the Chuitna river, its tributaries and riparian zones as unsuitable for surface coal mining, the position expressed by the Chuitna Citizens Coalition.
Gov. Parnell promised never to trade one resource for another, and it is time that he keep his promise. This project sets a dangerous precedent in which no salmon stream will be safe: There should be no mining through salmon streams, not now, not ever.
Rob Lund

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