Letters – Sept. 12


Banning plastic bags is just one step closer to eliminating the mounting amount of plastic accumulating in our oceans and landfills.
Bravo to the Homer City Council for supporting this issue. Americans are so far behind the curve when it comes to conservation. Opposition to eliminating bags is short-sighted and self-centered. Think about something more important than your need to have a new bag every time you shop.
Patricia Cue

Youth benefit from full slate of programs

Homer Council on the Arts would like to acknowledge the support of the Homer Foundation and the donors of the Ashley J. Logan Fund and the Jessica Stevens Memorial Fund. We are beginning our third year of ArtQuest, thanks in part to their generosity. 
ArtQuest is HCOA’s youth art program offered during the school year. This year includes four after-school classes in the visual arts for youth ages kindergarten through eighth grade, lead by Katy Countiss. A week long “Art and Nature” workshop in collaboration with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies for students in grades four through eight will take place over spring break. A music class series for homeschooled students ages kindergarten through sixth grade will be lead by Carol Comfort. In the spring, a teen expressive arts class for high-school-aged students will be offered in collaboration with the R.E.C. Room.
We are also sincerely thankful for the support of the Alaska State Council on the Arts and its Cultural Collaboration Grant funded by the Rasmuson Foundation. With this support HCOA is again able to collaborate with Pier One Theatre and offer our Youth Teen Theater Program.
Theatre Shakes is our tribute to Shakespeare, directed by Brenda Dolma. It runs for 12 weeks after school for students in six through 12th grade. A Midsummer Nights Dream is this year’s performance. Our Youth Musical Theater program begins in January culminating in a spring performance. 
These grants allow us to offer financial aid for students. It is HCOA’s policy to turn no child away. We are fortunate to be part of a community that acknowledges the vital part creative arts play in the healthy development of children and young adults. This, as we know, contributes to the well being of our entire community. Thanks to these grants, community membership, volunteers and donations, we are better able to further our mission of providing opportunities for all community members to experience and participate in the arts.
Gail Edgerly, executive director,
Homer Council on the Arts

Keeping things friendly

On behalf of Homer Animal Friends board members and volunteers, I would like to thank the Jane Little Family Fund for their generous support of our program. This donor-advised grant will allow a new program to start at the animal shelter in October.
With help from Homer Dog Trainers, a branch of Homer Animal Friends, shelter dogs will be evaluated, shelter volunteers trained and owners of adopted dogs will receive dog obedience classes.
We also thank the Homer Foundation for facilitating this grant, as well as their many contributions to the Homer community.
This new program is in keeping with Homer Animal Friends mission to support the animal shelter and promote animal welfare. Visit homeranimals.com to learn more about Homer Animal Friends.
Pat Boone
Homer Animal Friends

How would Gandhi deal with TSA?

Ten thousand drones are to be deployed over America. TSA and Homeland Security is now designating protesters and photographers as terrorists. Government is buying thousands of tons of munitions for various government departments for domestic use.
A billion rounds of hollow point bullets? What are they preparing for? Foreign troops entering our country at the rate of 50,000 a day?
Our e-mail and phones are tapped and surveilled. Water is fluoridated, which lowers I.Q.s. Vaccines are given that compromise immune systems, lower IQs and cause sterility. GMOs cause sterility generations down the line with test animals.
Weather modification has been used in our country for decades. The globalists are moving operations to China, where the people are already submissive, labor is cheap and environmental restrictions are lax. But they need to completely de-industrialize the USA.
Economic collapse still lingers on the brink. And the wars go on. The true controllers of the government put two parties and presidential candidates in front of you with the media they also control, to make you think you have a real choice. I don’t know how Gandhi would deal with TSA check points. 
Sound like a government take over? The new world odor fares well if we are apathetic or ignorant, but they don’t deal well with an angry or educated public.
Rev. Richard Olson

Bring on reform to prevent spills

Does anyone else remember the 2010 BP Oil Spill that flowed unabated for three months, 53,000 barrels a day – 4.9 million barrels of crude – an ocean of oil into the Gulf?
It damaged marine habitats, destroying the fish and tourism industries. Our federal government investigation concluded, “unless significant reform, in both government policies and industry practices, take place – similar spills will occur.” Let’s hope they don’t occur in Cook Inlet. Please bring on the reform.
I wonder about the State of Alaska bureaucrats. What were they thinking, offering millions of dollars of incentive to oil companies to drill in Cook Inlet? Essentially encouraging oil companies to skip permitting and environmental compliance (as the fines would be a pittance in comparison to the incentive).
Conoco Phillips has set the bar for the oil industry with high safety and environmental standards. These “new to Cook Inlet” oil companies are recklessly breaking the rules in their pursuits. The Endeavour, a Buccaneer jackup rig, has come from Singapore in response to Alaska’s drilling incentive. It now sits, encrusted with invasive species, in Kachemak Bay. Let’s hope the invasive species don’t disease our oysters.
Since 1993, Kachemak Bay was designated as a Critical Habitat area. Oil and gas development, as well as oil rig storage, are not allowed in Kachemak Bay, according to a document signed by the Commissioner of Natural Resources and Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Fifteen years before the Critical Habitat designation, the George Ferris drill rig, stored off the Homer Spit became stuck in the mud. The legs had to be freed with explosives. Little is known about the impacts of sound generated by explosives on marine life, but the unmonitored Apache seismic work done on the west side of the Inlet this year must have impacted the declining beluga whale population. Might all that blasting have played a role in the poor King salmon returns?
Let’s get our act together. State government: We need different policies. Industry players: Please work with us in protecting Cook Inlet. Alaska Department of Fish and Game, come on and stand up for science and habitat protection. Politicians use some integrity, show us it is not really all about money. Fund in a big way clean energy. Non-profits, thank goodness you exist. Concerned citizens email me debaloha@hotmail.com. Now is our point of power.
Deb Limacher

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