Letters – Nov. 14

Homer’s hometown disgrace

On Sunday, Nov. 11, my heart sunk. I feel that our “little hamlet by the sea” has fallen to new lows. Maybe it’s because of the David Petraeus extramarital affair. It might even be because most people were in church.
Sunday was Veterans Day. You know, honoring those who defend your rights of religious freedom, free speech and the right to vote?
Well, you “voted” loud and clear.
I want to thank those who turned out for the Veterans Day Parade in Homer on Nov. 11.
Fred Crane,
U.S. Army Veteran

City council receives credit

I would like to express my support for the build out of the Homer area natural gas distribution system as proposed by our city council. The council deserves kudos for going after full build-out as soon as possible. Replacing diesel fuel, controlled by the Koch brothers (Flint Hills) and Tesoro (a large Texas based corporation) with cleaner burning locally produced natural gas will benefit everybody in the service area whether you hook up or not. Greatly reduced heating bills for government buildings alone make this a viable project. Reduced heating bills for those that choose to hook up make the financial payoff that much better.
The real icing on the cake is reducing Homer’s carbon footprint. I suspect that expediting the natural gas build out will reduce Homer’s carbon footprint more than any single project this century. This is a clean fuel, economically sound project that deserves everyone’s support. My thanks to the Council for embracing the full build out option.
Brad Faulkner

Helicopter traffic annoys visitors

This is the letter I sent to the State of Alaska in response to a call for public feedback on helicopter skiing in Kachemak Bay State Park:
Helicopters are loud, intrusive aircraft that carry implications of invasion and military occupation.
One of the reasons I left the Lower 48 was a dramatic increase in helicopter-use by police. Current helicopter traffic here on Kachemak Bay is within reason, ferrying people to boats, firefighting and life-saving tasks.
Visitors to Kachemak Bay come for a unique quality of life that cannot be obtained anywhere else. They want a combination of comfortable accommodations, stellar culture, music, and art and rugged wilderness.  
The Kachemak Bay Water Trail is attracting national and international attention even before it opens. Winter visitors revel in our cross-country ski trail network. Kachemak Bay attracts the fit, strong visitor who expects to work out in human-powered ways like cross-country skiing, kayaking, hiking and biking.
Helicopters coming and going across the Kachemak Bay merely to ferry wealthy skiers to the top of certain peaks would go against the grain of Kachemak Bay’s existing menu of activities.
People who are willing to spend many gallons of fuel on a whim, who in effect don’t care about the impact of their transportation choices on global warming, who don’t care that their loud, intrusive and annoying transportation choice degrades the quality of life for people and wildlife alike can go elsewhere to ski.  
Lindianne Sarno

Cougars grateful for football donation

To the Sons of the American Legion, the head-of-the-Bay football team would like to express our gratitude for your charitable contribution.
The Cougars greatly appreciate your donation for a new football sled. The addition of this sled will greatly benefit the young men of Voznesenka, Kachemak-Selo and Razdolna as we prepare for our first full season as a member of the Greatland Conference.
Thank you for your support!
Justin Zank
Cougar Football Team

Thanks for low-cost exams

I just want to give a great big “two thumbs up,” to the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, South Peninsula Hospital and the Homer Rotary for the low-cost exams, mammogram referrals and low-cost blood works at the annual health fair.
I don’t have any health insurance, so this is very helpful. Everyone was very friendly and professional, and I appreciate you all. Thank you so much.
Cynder Navrot

Foundation supports multi-media arts

Homer Foundation has helped sustain creative vibrancy, art education and networking for adults in two more artists residencies this year at Bunnell Street Arts Center.
In June, Bunnell was pleased to collaborate with the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies to host California-based watercolor and book artist, Andie Thrams. She stayed at the CACS yurt at the Petersen Bay Field Station and worked on her long-term painting project, “In Trees.”
At Bunnell, Thrams gave a lecture demonstration about her painting project, as well as a hands-on painting workshop.
In October, Bunnell presented Seattle-based jeweler, Micki Thrams for a residency that included an exhibition and workshop. Thrams’ design workshop appealed to artists of diverse experiences and media, innovation and excitement. 
Support from the Homer Foundation’s Willow Fund insured the continuation of Bunnell’s Artist in Residency program by matching local in-kind support and underwriting  artists stipends. Importantly,  support from the Homer Foundation establishes a local commitment that is essential to leverage larger support for the continued growth of this program.   
Asia Freeman,
Executive director,
Bunnell Street Arts Center

Many helping hands make difference

Those of us at the Homer Food Pantry have been blessed with many helping hands as community members bring in canned and dry goods each week. Groups have also helped us with their food drives. And, we just received 2,200 pounds of food items from the annual Coast Guard Haunted Hickory.
This will help us immensely with the upcoming holidays. Don’t they do great work? Other food drives from the scouts and churches are always helpful during this season.  It’s so great to see their faithful service.
We are most grateful for the various financial contributions from churches: St. Johns Catholic Church, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Church on the Rock, Christian Community Church, All Saints of America and groups:  Homer Foundation, United Way Safety Net, American Legion Post 16, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, and various individuals too numerous to name.  It’s a beautiful thing, the generosity of our community.
Our fall food fundraising dinner was a great success. To those who donated raffle items or contributed bread and desserts to our evening, we are ever so grateful. We had so much fun serving dinner to our contributing friends, listening to the ukulele band’s delightful music and watching people’s faces when they won a raffle item.
The Homer Food Pantry operates solely through the generously donated time and efforts of various volunteers. We are an “all-volunteer army.” Join us! We welcome anyone who might want to volunteer at the pantry on Mondays, from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Many hands make light work. 
We would also welcome any holiday food items you might want to share. 
Working together, we are an all-powerful force in our community. When we have opportunities to improve each others’ lives, everyone benefits.  Thanks Homer, for bringing your bright light of hope and help to those in need in our community.
Remember, every dime and every dollar that is donated goes to those who need our help.
Diana Jeska
and HCFP Board members

Homer Elks Club helps ski group
The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club would like to thank the Homer Elks for the great service and hospitality during our annual membership meeting held at the Homer Elks Lodge on Nov. 10. What a great place to hold an event!
We would also like to thank the following business and individuals for their generous donations of art, outdoor gear and other fantastic items that made our silent auction a huge success: Polly Hess, Sonja Corazza, John Miles, Ulmers, Grog Shop, Redden Marine, Lara Patty, Alpenglow Skin Care, Homer Saw and Cycle, Homer Brew, Homer Jeans, Hands-On Massage, Brennan Construction, Namaste Massage and Yoga, Lisa Wood Pottery and Rare Bird Pottery.
Again, we thank everyone who helped our annual meeting be successful.
Alan Parks, President
Kachemak Nordic Ski Club

Homer students ‘Link Up’ with KPO

Last Sunday, our students had the opportunity to perform alongside the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra on the Mariner Theater stage. After two months of practice, the kids sang, played recorders and had an experience of a lifetime as part of the concert, “The Orchestra Sings.”
The program was provided by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, which connects orchestras across the country with schools through their engaging music program, “Link Up.”
Kenai Peninsula Orchestra conductor, Tammy Vollom-Matturro, helped prepare our children for the concert through the Artist in Schools program as our visiting artist. This residency was made possible with funds provided by the Alaska Legislature through the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding from the Rasmuson Foundation and the McNeil Canyon Community Council.
The collaboration with and support from these significant organizations has provided our students, their families and friends with an amazing gift: the joy of music. We wish to thank everyone involved for their support, time, energy and the belief that this would be magical.
Debbie Piper,
and McNeil Canyon
Elementary School staff

Beer, cheese and a lot of heart

Bunnell Street Arts Center had a delicious Beer and Cheese tasting last Saturday that was generously sponsored by two local businesses:  Maura’s Cafe and Delicatessen, and the Homer Brewing Company. Thank you both.
These two businesses contribute so much to the creativity and fun of living in Homer. Thanks also to musicians Caressa and Heidi Jo and a wonderful host of volunteers for enlivening the evening. The event drew old friends and new ones out to sample beer and cheese in support of Bunnell and Bunnell’s Artist in Schools program, and it was great fun. The board and staff of Bunnell raise a glass to everyone who made the night a sensation.
Adele Groning,
Bunnell Street Arts Center

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12 Responses for “Letters – Nov. 14”

  1. concerned sourdough says:

    To Fred Crane, I would like to say, thank you for serving the U.S. armed forces, and doing what you think was your duty to your nation … however, things have changed a lot in this country since you served. We are not the same people we were when we got bombed in Pearl Harbor. In fact, we haven’t acutally served the people “back home” for quite some time now .. we serve the corporations and all they stand for. We guard the outsourced American jobs in other countries like Iraq, China, and Afghanistan (who desperately want us out of their countries). It isn’t that we don’t appreciate Generals playing the part of infidel in a marital relationship … in fact .. we don’t even care about that sort of stuff since Clinton (Mr. Petraeus sins go much deeper than that), but we do mind being reminded how much you do for us, as we fall deeper and deeper into the state of Homeland Security groping us for punishment in our own country. How is it that you can’t see we are losing all our rights and freedoms? People are going to jail for speaking out on the Internet … do you call that “free speech?” Voting is a joke with the electronic voting machines … who know who really wins these days? Is that what you fought for? You are still alive and the fight for our country is not over, so before you go insulting the ones who are still fighting the fight… think about it.

    • kim says:

      Thank you for your service! Sorry about the parade, Fred, perhaps it was because of the weather?

      I don’t think anyone is confusing the media created meltdown with our appreciation of real Veterans who have fought to defend our country.

      In addition to what concerned sourdough said:
      What we would like more than ever now, is to bring our heroes home. Our military signs up to defend the country, they should not be treated like pawns in a corporate money grab.

      WWII is over! How about we bring the troops home from Japan and Germany. How about we stop wasting over half our budget supporting military endeavors and instead focus on helping our people here at home.

      The most honorable Republican I remember, was Eisenhower, who not wanting to leave huge piles of debt from WWII to future generations, had tax rates at 91% on millionaires in order to pay down that debt as fast as possible. He also warned us of the Military Industrial Complex which has unfortunately taken over the Pentagon, just as he predicted.

      I would very much appreciate if the Republican party would return to fiscal responsibility. Ending the wars and military bases everywhere will help to that end.
      Then we will have enough money to actually take care of our Veterans when they get home, in the manner which they deserve.

      And in the future, General Smedley Butler’s “War is a Racket” should be required reading before entering the Military.

      General Smedley Butler is one of American greatest unsung heroes. The most respected General at the time, he was asked by George W Bush’s Grandfather Prescott to lead a coup against FDR and he stood up to him and the other bankers and said NO!

      • raised by wolves says:

        Thank you Kim. That was all well said, and, with kindness and intelligence. Smedley Butler was real. He had integrity and honor for the truth.

  2. concerned sourdough says:

    I agree with 100% on giving kudos to the amount of work done figuring out the costs per household they city will gain AFTER the gas is FOUND in Kachemak Bay from the Buccaneer’s drilling (which they haven’t drilled for gas yet), and all our lands are torn up for the gas lines to be laid in the future for the “unfound” gas. Many people will opt to leave Homer altogether when the years of continuous digging and unsettling the land again (that’s bound to happen), finally grows bigger than the problem of living without the lines. WOW. It just amazes me how much the City is willing to do for their people.

  3. concerned sourdough says:

    Thanks also to Lindianne Sarno for her insight into the protection of God’s land. What has been created for us all to appreciate and share (for the good of all), has been scoffed at by eyes blinded by selfish greed … to indulge the few.

    “Give them an inch, and they will take a mile.” That is exactly how Americans are viewed in today’s modern world, and for myself, I don’t appreciate that view when I’ve done nothing to earn it. Who then represents me with this lie?

    Do we just take what we want from the little guy (like the Master Takers) then continue to squeeze the life out of God, until our eyes can no longer see the truth? That’s just EVIL.

    • Local says:

      Concerned Sourdough….

      What are you talking about… God’s Land? Are you seriously so self absorbed you believe you have the right to use God to back your unsubstantiated claims of environmental molestation due to potential helicopter flights? A few people skiing down mountains across the bay does not in the least equate to greed -it’s a way for people to make money and have a good time! The only one that is selfish is you and the rest of the idyllic self absorbed-unrealistic-ignorant sheep herding together to try to shut down something awesome! Your analogy of squeezing the life from god is dramatic and unrealistic – come up with some real information about how this is ACTUALLY going to affect the community and the environment rather than this stupid rant you posted…

      • raised by wolves says:

        My analogy may be amusing to you, but to use “God” to balance the equation of the life that will be killed and displaced while you live your dream and “can make some money an have a good time,” was the easiest way to explain to you how the knowledge of the heli-ski port has already affected some in the Homer community. For most Alaskans it’s easy to see why its necessary to try and keep the balance in nature. Misuse as you please, even though it upsets the locals who actually live in the area where the heli-skiing will take place, but Isn’t that something you would call an affect on the community? Oh, but those people are just dipshits who didn’t bother to notice they had homesteaded on a helicopter path for skiers?

        • Local says:

          No -no ones a d**s**T…. And I’d be irritated too if I had helicopters flying over my place. I’m saying the community should work with the company (and vice versa) to find a route for traffic that isn’t above your house. Second, if you believe there is negative environmental impact you need to substantiate your claims. Helicopter turbines are fairly clean technology -a few helicopters would show a negligible impact on air quality (if any).

          • Jorbenstein says:

            Have you even seen M*A*S*H? Helicopters are military equipment, they don’t have any emissions and are extremely dangerous to people and the environment, not to mention they defy physics and are abominations of God. To all you people who want to ski or board-ski or whatever it’s called, on my mountain, you’re going to have to go through me, and I pack some thick spiritual armor.. How would you like it if some rich aristocrats were skiing down your arm? The mountain is a body part of this planet and you better learn to respect it! Those rich fat cats will probably be up there facebooking the next financial crash with their googleyphones. GOOD!! money is evil! I’ve lived in Homer for two years now and it’s my home, not the home of all these rich fat cat helicopter lovers. Anyone that agrees with me, we should meet at the Down East in our EXTRATUFFS and listen to the sweet sounds of rebellion against these invaders and occupiers whilst listening to some crappy band that features a mandolin. That Irish guy will probably be there too. Make sure to drive your Subaru that probably puts out more emissions than a helicopter does. After that we’ll go out and protest that abomination on the Spit that generates tons of revenue for the city; that is made of people other than self-righteous snobby vondrukes.

  4. Jim Bushy says:

    Reading Lindianne Sarno’s Letter to the Editor is the reason we have the reputation of being off our rocker in Alaska. It seems that past excesses may have lead to an overabundance of paranoia!

    The crazy talk is amusing though…

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