Letters – Aug. 29

Kenai Peninsula has two Mike McBrides

The Mike McBride of North Kenai who writes letters to the editor of this newspaper is not Michael McBride of China Poot Bay.
On the rare occasions when I have written for the readership, I have always made a point to identify myself as Michael of China Poot Bay. Please reconsider any negative past judgments of me that you might have made as a result of his points of view — which are surely not my own. 
Civil, respectful and intelligent public letters help us all shape our opinions and actions, and are an important part of the public process. Let us all work together in that framework for the common good. 
Michael McBride 

AP hero deserves better treatment

I am calling upon all Anchor Pointers to unite behind one of ours, whom I shall dub an “AP Hero.”
For more than a year, we have been trying to hire a chief to run our local volunteer fire department, which is full of heros. In the meantime, our “AP Hero” has been filling in as interim chief, working tirelessly, performing all the tasks assigned and required to get the job done.
He has worked more than admirably, with a high level of integrity, ethical standards and professionalism, demonstrating all the skills necessary to fulfill the job duties. As a result, our volunteer recruitment is at an all-time high, and the department is running more smoothly and professionally than it has in quite some time.
Unfortunately, the politicians in control of our lives do not operate on that same levels.
In this particular case, Mayor Mike Navarre is the politician, and he has demonstrated everything distasteful about politicians that we have all come to loathe. His lack of professionalism, integrity and ethical standards stands in stark contrast to that of “AP Hero,” who he has control over. How twisted is that?
In June, “AP Hero” was offered the position of chief, delivered in a letter by one of Navarre’s underlings. Now Navarre wants to retract the offer and hire someone else, and has resorted to all the typical moves one would employee if one is a consummate politician.
He actually has the audacity to say now that the letter offering “AP Hero” was a “draft.” Who has ever heard such a ridiculous, nonsensical claim? An offer of employment as a draft? How daft is that! And there certainly wasn’t a large “draft” stamp present on the offer.
Navarre is also attempting to sway public opinion and gain support for his unconscionable actions by resorting to other sleazy tactics, such as casting doubt on “AP Hero’s” abilities and character, a typical political ploy. This path of conduct is exactly why I resigned from my position on the service-area board.
And, to be expected, our local assembly reps are not coming to the assistance of “AP Hero,” or standing up against these sleazy tactics. After all, are they not politicians as well?
I was not present at the last meeting. I will, however, not miss another meeting until “AP Hero” has been vindicated and Navarre has apologized, publicly.
Mr. Navarre has re-sent the offer back, with “draft” handwritten on it. No apology. Nice.
Fight on, “AP Hero.” Your fellow Anchor Pointers support you and greatly appreciate all your efforts and dedication to duty and honor. We will not be swayed by politicians who come cloaked in dishonor.
Duane Christensen

The scoop on poop

While our planet is crying for potable water, we here in Homer increase the problem by installing a system that dirties clean fresh water by building more homes to hook up to sewer. Our pure water should be used for watering gardens, drinking, cooking and cleaning our bodies.
We need to stop and think, is there another way? As a lifelong Alaskan, I’m used to thinking outside the box. My suggestion is this: humanure composting. Chickens, cows, sheep and horses all produce manures valuable for composting. Yep, we humans are simply another source of black gold, as it’s called elsewhere. The Asians call humanure night soil, and they regard humanure as most valuable.
Interest is growing in this valuable resource around the state, and worldwide. I’ve composted poop for years, using the “Humanure Handbook” by Joe Jenkins as my guide for how to compost humanure in a sanitary and safe way, as well as produce rich, sweet-smelling compost for the garden.
Yes, Alaska’s long winters and cold climate warrant some special adaptations. Our Alaska frontier, back-to-the-land, can-do mindset can make Alaska the humanure composting center of America.
Yes, we can.
I’m all about sharing my experience through workshops and tours how simple it is to exit the status quo of pooping in gallons of potable water. As a benefit, you will receive wheelbarrow loads of fine compost to enhance next generation’s gardens.
For current info., call 907-299-3603 or contact: alaskaliberties@gmail.com.
Michael Henri Glasgow

Pick and Pay volunteers a Godsend

Pick and Pay is truly a community outreach program. When the flooring needed to be replaced, the call went out and people came from all corners of the town to help. 
We had lots of people to clear the floor and Case Interior was very generous with labor and materi als. On Thursday, another large group came to start processing the week’s donations. The whole project was done mid-week with no disruption to our Saturday open hours. God bless all the laborers. I remain amazed and grateful.
Jennifer Hawkins
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Dax makes tracks

I’ve accepted a job that necessitates retiring my microphone. I’ve truly enjoyed being your “Karaoke Guy” for the past 10 or so years. Together, we’ve sung about 75,000 songs, and laughed our way through some 1,500 shows, events, weddings, parties and fund raisers.
We’ve witnessed everything from impressive multi-city singing/performance competitions, to insane comedy-based contests judged by people who can’t stop laughing long enough to speak. Together, we’ve laughed and celebrated our victories, we’ve shared each others’ struggles and each others’ accomplishments, and sometimes we’ve even paused to shed tears over those we’ve lost.
A lot of people think of karaoke as less-than-amazing entertainment. Well, I assure you, my incredibly weird and wacky friends, that the shows you’ve put on for me were indeed amazing.
Thank you so much for sharing your lives with me. It’s been an honor. My last scheduled karaoke night will be Wednesday, Sept. 5 at The Alibi Lounge in Homer. You’re all invited.
Dax Radtke

Funds make for happy, healthy felines

Homer Animal Friends board members and volunteers would like to thank the Homer Foundation for facilitating our recent grant from the Constance M. Benston Fund. We also thank the Fund for awarding the grant to support the animal shelter cats.
The grant allowed the shelter director to buy three cat trees for cats to sleep on, play and just hang out. In addition, a four-month supply of canned cat food was purchased.
The shelter staff adds a dose of L-Lysine to the canned cat food to boost the cats’ immune system, and the result has stopped the upper respiratory problems so prevalent in animal shelters. The cat trees and canned food both add to the health and well-being of all shelter cats.
To learn more about Homer Animal Friends’ involvement with the animal shelter, visit our website at www.homeranimals.com.
To volunteer at the shelter call 235-3141.
Pat Boone
HAF volunteer

FORK club holds cooking class for teens

The successful skill-focused youth cooking class is happening again at the R.E.C. Room on Friday, Aug. 31.
This session will be taught by local chef and restaurant owner, Donna Maltz, and the menu primarily includes local vegetables and herbs from the R.E.C. Room’s People’s Garden, the Farmer’s Market, and donated and purchased local veggies. There is also potential for youth who sign up, to participate in the selection of groceries at the Farmer’s Market on previous Wednesdays.
This class is completely FREE (thank you Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee and funding support and local volunteers). 
Among the many skills and lessons youth will learn from this class are: methods and reasons to choose nutritious foods, learning to prepare food in a fun and healthy manner, the benefits of eating local and home-cooked meals, an introduction to the career of culinary arts, as well as the positive social values in sitting down together to slowly enjoy a meal.
As our volunteer chef Donna Maltz believes, “The essence of the quality food and beverages we choose to prepare and share together support our body, mind, spirit and the planet.”
Please support any teenagers you may know to become involved by signing up in person during open R.E.C. Room hours (M-Th, 3-6 p.m.), via email, or by calling us. This is available for teens and young adults ages 12-21. First come, first served. Sign up now. Happy harvesting,
Anna Meredith
KBFPC Youth Program Manager

Grateful for activities funding

On behalf of the students and staff at Homer Middle School, I would like to thank David and Mary Schroer for their previous generous contribution to support HMS after-school activities program through their Homer Foundation grant.
Individual donations are essential to our extra-curricular activities programs. Mr. and Mrs. Schroer’s annual contribution through the Homer Foundation will help with the purchase of equipment, uniforms, officials’ costs and team travel expenses for our students.
We are so fortunate to be the recipients of this grant and extremely thankful for the Schroer’s generosity.
David Larson
Principal, Homer Middle School

Let’s work harder against littering

It makes me sad to say it, but there are some lazy slime balls using Bishop’s Beach.
A very partial list of the junk we found on a recent walk: dozens of empty beer cans, dozens of empty energy drink and soda bottles, a stack of red plastic cups in a fire pit, multiple fast food containers, multiple plastic “picnic leftovers,” broken whisky and beer bottles, a 12-pack beer box carefully filled with empty cans, assorted plastic bags, wrappers and trash. And, in two different locations, we found several used diapers.
At the next major high tide, that’s what’s in the ocean.
We carried as much as we could back to the Dumpster. It is easy to find right in the parking lot. If we had access to a 4-wheeler or a suitable vehicle, we would be happy to “adopt the beach” and spend a couple of hours to clean it all up.
But how long would that last?
We are thinking there needs to be a serious effort to monitor the area and arrest and publicly penalize a few offenders as an “idiot education program.”
Or, perhaps the entire beach needs to be completely closed to vehicles. It’s obvious this junk didn’t walk in by itself.
Jim Thiele

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