Letters – Aug. 15

Wagoner can’t take credit
In my opinion, Tom Wagoner’s Walk is down a crooked dirty path seeking re-election. His new ad with a letter from Mayor Hornaday is a low way to get votes from the uninformed public. It is obvious to those that have been involved in the Natural Gas Line project to Homer that Tom Wagoner’s opposition to this project delayed it for two years and now with re-districting he is twisting the facts. I am sorry to see that Mayor Hornaday’s long term memory is getting really short and when I read his letter thanking Wagner for his support for the Gas Line, I was sure that he had miss-addressed it and that it was supposed to be sent to Rep. Paul Seaton and Mayor Mike Navarre who were really instrumental in getting this project accomplished. It is no secret that Tom Wagoner has had no love for the citizens of the Lower Peninsula and I think it is time for a change. Do your homework, get informed, Vote and let’s walk down a new path with Peter Micciche.

Dave Weber

Choosing between Wagoner, Micciche
Last legislative session, our governor proposed an annual $2,000,000,000 tax break (for 10 years, with no strings attached!) for the companies that extract our oil and gas resources from the ground. Thanks to the work of moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Senate Bipartisan Coalition the give-away failed. A compromise plan was rejected by the governor. Now we are just weeks away from an election that may well determine the economic future of the State of Alaska.
There are two candidates in the Senate District O race, both Republican. Senator Tom Wagoner of Kenai has the advantage of incumbency- many years of doing constituent work and handing out our share of the state’s capital project goodies. A challenge he faces is that Homer is suddenly included in his district – still smarting from his attempt to slow the extension of the natural gas line in their direction.
Mayor Peter Micciche of Soldotna has the advantage of name recognition. He is the official city spokesperson. He has made masterful use of any available free media, and has carefully coordinated his paid personal radio ads with city ads. He has spent years building a portfolio of impressive nonprofit board service, enhanced by dispensing large monetary contributions to deserving groups and projects – from his employer, Conoco- Phillips. Most people will have forgotten that he was not on the side of the angels in the long struggle to settle Soldotna’s cemetery into its present location.
Both men are on record opposing the Senate Bipartisan Coalition. However, many voters view the coalition as a successful moderating influence, in refreshing contrast to the partisan gridlock found in Washington. Senator Wagoner, working with others, was able to pass legislation to encourage increased oil exploration and production in Cook Inlet. And, he sided with the coalition, against the tax give-away. One only need drive through Kenai and toward Nikiski to see that even without “giving away the farm” the industry is moving forward.
Mr. Micciche is smart and charming. He has honed his skills with executive training and support from Conoco-Phillips. He has been in a position to distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to grateful local communities, donated by his company, a global corporation that made millions a day here last quarter and presents itself as Alaska’s Oil and Gas Company.
He recently declared his opposition to the governor’s tax break, joining most Alaskans in the view that “a tax reduction needs to be tied to guarantees that ensure production.” Since this is the precise position of the senate coalition, why does he criticize their work? I wish I could trust him, but because of past dealings with him on local issues, I cannot.
Alaska’s legislature is already comprised of many people who have strong financial ties to the oil industry, as well as a host of former legislators who now lobby on their behalf. Let’s keep Mayor Micciche in Soldotna and reduce the possibility that Alaska will one day become just another cheap resource colony for the world’s multinational corporations.
Peggy Mullen

Faulkner’s claims unfounded
Jon Faulkner’s latest mailing, reeks of Tea Party talking points. Steve and I were not aware that we needed to worry about protecting our second amendment rights, nor our freedom to access Alaska’s public lands nor our freedom to hunt and fish. Has someone tried to take those freedoms away from us here on the Peninsula? What we are aware of is that integrity and honesty should be the very first requirements of our representative. Paul Seaton has represented us with dignity and an open ear. He listens and is confident enough to work towards balance and fairness. He stands for Alaskans first. His stance on Proposition 2 is educated; he has not succumbed to corporate dollars trying to buy opinion and votes. We support Paul and urge
individuals to use their most important freedom, and that is their
Kim and Steve Smith

Republican primary critical for Lower Peninsula
The upcoming Republican primary election may be critical for the future of Lower Peninsula communities. Two candidates, I am pleased to support, with a genuine, proven interest in our area issues are Paul Seaton for Representative and Peter Micciche for State Senate. Both men deserve our consideration and support in the August 28th Republican primary balloting.
Phil Morris, Kachemak City Mayor.

Faulkner is the Man
We are right when we say one can tell little difference between elected officials of either party any more. They all want to tax, spend, and expand government to suit their fancy or the special interest group that brings the most pressure to bear. Legislators slowly strangle the average Alaskan with burdensome over regulation, and government bureaucracy. And the problem with legislators is that they must continue to pass additional laws to justify their existence. Such is the case with our current elected representative to the state legislature.
We need a man who will hear every Alaskan – yet will not bow to special interest groups, lobbyist, or the opportunity to further control our life. A man where we as individuals have an equal voice with special interest groups, coalitions, and major corporations.
We need a man who will exercise his office with integrity, courage, conviction, and compassion. One who will be genuinely conservative in governance, passionate in the execution of his duties, and hold firmly to the intent of the constitution.
I believe we have an opportunity to elect that kind of man in candidate Jon Faulkner. Honest, knowledgeable, conservative, passionate, faithful, and caring.
Jerry Wood

HEA’s Minimum Energy Charge?

I don’t get the rationale behind Homer Electric Association’s Minimum Energy Charge. They penalize HEA members $9.95 per month if we use less than 150 kilowatt hours each month.
I have prided myself on building my home to be energy efficient so to be as green as I can as well as saving on my utility bill.
I use 72 kilowatt hours on average each month and I get penalized for it?
Isn’t this backwards thinking? HEA’s reasoning is for their members to share in the costs of HEA. Wasn’t that why they raised our member charge (HEA Customer Charge) each month from $11.35 to $15?
I guess present and future generations of parents will instruct their children to “leave the lights, computer and stereo on when leaving the house.”
Let you voice be heard at HEA meetings.
Come out of the dark ages, HEA.
Ed Kobak

Mitigate melting

Alaska, like other northern regions of the world, is at ground “zero” for human–induced global climate change. Because of the historical contributions of greenhouse gases, northern regions have been warming more rapidly and extensively than other areas. This should be a concern to all people living in northern climes such as Alaska.
Recently, Dr. James Hansen, the head of NASA’s Space Studies Institute, published with other authors, a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal the results of a comprehensive study that concludes that the current drought and high temperatures in the Lower 48 have a very low statistical probability of being due to natural climate variation and a high probability of being due to AGW (human causes.) (http:// www.giss.nasa.gov/research/briefs/hansen_17/)
In addition, many residents of Alaska know the Arctic Sea ice is probably headed to a record minimum summer level. This is compounded by what is being called the recent “Arctic cyclone” in which low pressures and an intense storm system have combined to further reduce the summer arctic ice. To my knowledge, such as storm has not been recorded in modern climatology records. (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/08/08/661461/arcticane-massive-storm-batters-melting-sea-ice/) Alaska citizens can be very responsible, and accordingly should demand from their representatives strong and meaningful action to mitigate GHGs.
Dr. John Lemons

Vote yes on Ballot Measure 2

In territorial days, carpetbaggers from outside ripped off our resources and took the profits south. Alaskans had little say in who got the fish, trees, oil and minerals or how they were managed. The feds decided. The feds and their rich, Lower 48 patrons.
Statehood helped for a while, but the bad old days seem to be back. By weakening, and then letting our Coastal Management Program die, our own state politicians sold us out. Most of us live in coastal communities. Without a strong Coastal Management Program, we have minimal input into where and how development takes place. It’s once more up to self serving politicos and their rich pals from outside.
They’re spending big to keep it that way too, over $767,000 from outside – New York, London, Texas, Canada, the Netherlands, California and other places.
Big contributions.
Big corporations.
Big lies about Ballot Measure 2.
International carpetbaggers are trying to buy our election so they can rip us off and take the profits away. They’re counting on us being too dumb to see it.
Michael O’Meara

Vote yes on Ballot Measure 2

During my nine year tenure on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, the Kenai Peninsula still enjoyed the benefits of this program, including a staff member, whose salary was half paid by the State, and who worked together with the Gilman River Center to provide “one stop shopping” for permits and review of upcoming projects. Under that program, the interested public had a place to come and be heard. Coastal Zone Management review was a permanent item on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission agenda.
When then Gov. Murkowski gutted the program, the borough, because of our unique position of public lands, was able to maintain more oversight than most other boroughs. I kept hoping that this little crack in the door would one day enable the program to be fully restored. Instead, the legislature, with the governor’s urging, allowed the program to die last year.
As Mako Haggerty pointed out in his opinion piece last week, opponents of this measure claim it is a federal takeover, but it is not. It is a program to give you, the public, a voice in what happens on federal lands. The commission to be formed would represent each of the nine Coastal Districts (as originally existed). No one district would have veto power over another. And as Susan Bell of Gov. Parnell’s own Community Development Department said, it will cost the state $2.9 million, NOT $5.4 million as being advertised.
We, the voters, have an opportunity to reinstate a very powerful, citizen tool on Aug. 28. By voting yes, as Mako noted, we are voting to be an “owner state,” not a resource colony.
Please vote ‘yes’ on Ballot Measure 2.
Milli Martin

Compassion in action

On behalf of Hospice of Homer staff, board members, volunteers and the people we serve, a heart-felt thank you to the Jane Little Family Endowment Fund for the recent, unexpected and much appreciated unrestricted funds grant. Also, thank you to the Homer Foundation for facilitating this grant and all they do for the community.
The grant from the Jane Little Family Endowment is so important to Hospice of Homer in that Hospice receives very limited unrestricted funds, that is, monies that support the day-to-day operating of Hospice. In these challenging economic times unrestricted donated funds are essential in allowing us to keep our doors open so that we can continue to provide free services to community members. Specifically, the monies training sessions, Volunteer Visitor and End of Life packets, and bereavement correspondence mailings.
If you are interested in learning more about Hospice of Homer, becoming a Hospice volunteer or making a donation to Hospice, please stop by the office at 910 East End Road, or give us a call at 235-6899.
Darlene Hilderbrand

Appreciate support

The Kachemak Skeeters wish to thank our sponsors for a fantastic year: Udelhoven Oilfield Services, IBEW Local 1547, Alaska SCTP, McNeil Canyon Meats, HEA, Friends of NRA and Rick Swenson, Safari Club International, Katie Schollenberg, Cornerstone Equipment, Kachemak Gun Club, Moore & Moore Services, 3 Bears, Sportsmans Warehouse, and both local Homer newspapers and radio stations. We appreciate your support! We wish to also thank the following men for their commitment to coaching: Head Coach Jeff Graham, Assistant Coach Ed Murphy, Registered Coaches Jake Fraley and Chuck Thorsrud, and alternate coaches Todd VanLiere and Tom Clark.
Amy Fetterhoff
Team secretary

Avoid tyranny

Constitution founders knew, all too well from history, how governments evolve into tyranny. They established clearly and purposefully our right to bear arms as teeth and a last resort to the sort of internal overthrow that is going on in our own country now and so well disguised. In our founding fathers day, it was a level playing field, i.e. it took both sides a minute to reload their muskets. Even if fully automatic guns were legal they are pea shooters to the government’s swat outfitted thugs. Our military is no longer working for we the people. Government is trying to slide in through the back door unnoticed, through the ratification of a UN treaty to restrict gun ownership. Two votes short in U.S. Senate, last I heard. There are five separate bills being rushed through Congress limiting Second Amendment rights. Coincidental to this were the Batman theater and Sikh shootings shortly before votes. Beware of false flags. Like 9/11 before the Patriot Act, or the counter-terrorism bill passed after Oklahoma City. If gun rights are taken, they won’t be coming back. Next step, enslavement. Then could ensue hundreds of thousands of unjust deaths worldwide by the hand of tyrannical government. History is rife with this as an end result. The occasional lone crazy is one of the prices of freedom.
Rev. Richard Olson

Summer reading fun

Aug. 4 was the culmination of the 2012 Summer at HPL Reading Program. Hundreds of children, teens and adults took part in this summer’s myriad programs. We tried new things this year, explored new technologies to connect, and partnered with new organizations in our community. We’d particularly like to thank the Alaska Federal Credit Union for their funding of Dream Big Read, the children’s programs; the Homer Foundation Youth Advisory Council for funding the 3D Avatars: Make and Create Your Own workshop; the Institute of Museum and Library Services for funding Jason Shiga and Joe Raiola; and Homer Real Estate for funding the Magic Guy.
So many businesses and individuals helped with the Summer @ HPL program. We’d like to thank the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, the Homer Bookstore, The Homer Boys & Girls Club, Grant Aviation, Timeless Toys, Ulmer’s, Cosmic Kitchen, Alaska Wildberry, The Grog Shop, Two Sisters Bakery, Fat Olive’s Restaurant, Frosty Bear Ice Cream, Homer Theatre, Ocean Shores Motel, and the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center. Thanks also to Linda Ellsworth, Brenda Romanko, Blake Hill, Craig Phillips, Charlie Stewart, Amy Russell, Lisa Whip, Robyn Walls, and the incredible Board of the Friends of the Homer Public Library. Thank you for supporting summer reading for youth, teens and adults!
Claudia Haines and Erin Hollowell

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