Letters – Oct. 3

Theatre appreciated

When I first considered moving to Homer to teach at Homer High School, I was drawn by the vibrant community that appreciated the arts.
Particularly, I was truly impressed that such a small community would have its own movie theater. Not only that, but the theater celebrated documentaries with an annual film festival. For the past eight years, I have attended this festival personally and I have encouraged my students to attend the festival, as I believe that each year offers a wealth of learning opportunities. Throughout these eight years, Jamie Sutton, his family and all of the employees at the theater have supported my efforts. Jamie has spoken to students at the high school, he has offered free movie passes to students and he has provided this tremendous opportunity each year.
This year we collaborated again. Jamie, Colleen Carroll and the entire staff welcomed over 150 Homer High School students for a private screening of the film “Bully,” provided free of charge.
Following the movie, I have been able to have tremendous discussions with my students about the topic of bullying on a national scale, but also on a local level. Needless to say the conversations have been a powerful learning opportunity. I would like to thank Jamie and the Homer Theatre for continuing to support documentary films and for continuing to support the kids in our community. Their generosity is greatly appreciated and should be applauded.
Sean Campbell

Do something for your country

Watch the first presidential debate on domestic policy Oct. 3. It will be broadcast live on most regular and cable stations from 5-6:30 p.m. Alice’s Champagne Palace will also run the debate, probably at 5 p.m. and Channel 7, public TV, will broadcast it at 8 p.m. Folks with computer skills can watch it anytime.  
It’s important to watch or listen to the presidential and vice-presidential debates, because candidates will be more truthful than they are in ads and sound bites. The candidates know that journalists and fact-checkers will be watching, listening and reporting. The next debate of the vice-presidential candidates will air on Oct. 11 and the presidential candidates again on Oct. 16 and 22.
Watch, listen and vote on Nov 6. 
Amy Bollenback

Prevent slips

It’s almost winter and soon there will be signs on store doors asking patrons to remove their cleats before entering. While that’s a great idea, it would be much easier to do if there was a place to sit down to take off and put on, cleats when entering and leaving stores.
Many of the cleat wearers are senior citizens who have balance issues. In the interest of fall prevention, having a place to sit would be much safer for us.
As long as I am writing, I would also like to ask local establishments to have a look at their handicapped parking spaces. Many are close to the door, but the handicapped person is asked to maneuver ice, steep stairs with no railings and unlit areas. As a handicapped placard holder, I have dodged drippy overhangs and icy sidewalks. I appreciate the opportunity to park close to the door and would like a safer trip from my car door to the front door of your store.
Ramona Pearce

Shame on you

A few weeks ago a young person here in Homer was victimized, traumatized and assaulted at a party by a group of Homer’s “supposed” role models and athletes.
To the parents who let their children go to parties, shame on you, underage drinking is illegal. To the parents of the middle school-age children who were at this party, shame on you. Maybe you need to be a little more on top of where your children are.
To the administrators and coaches whose response was pathetic at best, shame on you. Obviously, statistics and scores are more important to you than justice. To the students who stood around and took pictures and video then posted them for the world to see, shame on you for not taking a stand and stopping this from happening.
And last but not least, to the students who perpetrated this event, shame on you, you have a bright future ahead of you. My final comment for all is, I wonder how differently you would feel if it was your son or daughter, your friend or cousin or you, yourself on the receiving end?
Sorry, Homer, Rutgers is here and well in our cozy little hamlet by the sea.
Alexander (Sandy) Stuart

Rounds for the Rink putts for dough

In spite of wind, rain and a power outage, they came, they played and they raised money for a great cause during the first Rounds for the Rink golf tournament that recently took place at Shoreline Golf Course.
More than 30 golfers swung their clubs to benefit the Kevin Bell Ice Arena and Homer Hockey Association during a Saturday event that started off blustery, but gave way to warm sunshine. By the time the clubs and balls were put away more than $2,000 was raised for this nonprofit rink and association.
These things take a village and in this case it was not only the golfers, but also a bevy of businesses and volunteers that made this such a fun, memorable and successful event.
Largely contributing to the fundraising effort were the many businesses that each sponsored a hole: these are Alaska Premier Sport Fishing, Café Cups, Glacier Drivein, Fritz Creek General Store, Homer Jeans, Homer Electric Association, Northwind Aviation, Red Rose Rentals Inc. and Sons of the American Legion. Moreover, door prize items were donated by Far Out Café, Fritz Creek General Store, Homer Jeans, Homer Saw & Cycle, Starvin’ Marvins, Fat Olive’s, Shoreline Golf Course, Vagabond Café and Wells Fargo.
In kind support came from the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, which provided a tent for shelter from the storm. A great team was assembled to help make this event special and it includes Shoreline course manager and turf master Doug Hamer, chef Andy Kita, barista Charlie Stewart, Chip Duggan, Charlene Flyum, Elisa Russ and Nyla Lightcap.
Our ice arena, while only open for just eight years so far, has since become a cornerstone of this community and one that has had a profound effect on the health and well-being of our citizens; it has brought together disparate groups of the community in a way few places can; and has provided an economic boost to Homer during the leanest time of the year.  Its sources of funding come from membership, user group fees, grants and general fund-raising.
So with that, thanks to all who gave their time, opened their wallets and otherwise supported Rounds for the Rink, Kevin Bell Arena and Homer Hockey Association.
Chris Russ
HHA boardmember

Bookworms and gardens

The Friends of the Homer Library would like to thank the generous book-worms and master gardeners who donated books and plants to our 2012 Fall Book & Plant Sale, the avid readers and plant lovers who turned out to buy them and the volunteers who helped make it all come together.
The Friends’ fall and spring book/plant sales are major fundraisers, bringing in, on the average, over $2,000. Proceeds go directly to support programs and services at the library, including free ongoing programs such as the Summer Reading Program, weekly story/lapsit hours, technology workshops, Top Drawer and the Get Lit! series, as well as one-time capital purchases such as e-readers and DVD shelving.
And next time you’re enjoying a warm, winter, quiet read in the fireplace room? – well, that lovely propane heat is also courtesy of the Friends. Enjoy.
See you next spring!
Marylou Burton and Mary Schneider
Co-Coordinators,
FHL 2012 Fall Book and Plant Sale

Gratitude for supplies

The new school year is over a month old. Thank you to the generosity of the Homer community who opened their hearts and wallets for Delta Kappa Gamma’s annual “Back to School Supplies Project”. Your donations helped over 90 children-in-need in the Southern Kenai Peninsula begin their school year on a positive note. Backpacks with school supplies were distributed to clients of the Homer Food Pantry during the months of August and September.
The Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma would like to acknowledge the members of the Homer United Methodist Church, Faith Lutheran Church, Glacierview Baptist Church and Christian Community Church for their contributions and efforts. The service organizations of the Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club and the Homer Emblem Club were generous with both their financial donations and purchasing of backpacks. The local businesses, Winn’s Designs, Alward Fisheries and Save-U-More were awesome and enabled to us to buy over 25 backpacks and supplies.
Kudos to all of those folks who demonstrated random acts of kindness by filling our donation receptacle at Ulmer’s True Value with school supplies. Together all of you gave a strong message to the children in-need that school is important. Once again, the Homer community demonstrated its commitment to helping the children succeed at school.
With gratitude.
Karen Murdock
Omicron Chapter
Delta Kappa Gamma

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