Letters – Nov. 21

In response to vet appreciation

(In response to Letters-to-the Editor Nov. 14 in the Homer Tribune,) Thank you for your service! Sorry about the Vet’s parade, Fred (Crane), 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, 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. World War II is over. How about we bring the troops home from Japan and Germany. How about we stop wasting more than half our budget supporting military endeavors and instead focus on helping our people here at home.
The most honorable Republican I remember was (Dwight) Eisenhower, who — not wanting to leave huge piles of debt from WWII to future generations — had tax rates at 91 percent 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 Butler is one of America’s 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.”
Kim Johnson


Residents of Homer, I strongly urge you to not allow heli-skiing in Kachemak State Park and Wilderness Park. Other State Lands are available for this kind of activity in the area. Helicopters are extremely invasive machines. They disrupt wildlife and other backcountry users and are dangerous.
State Parklands and especially wilderness areas should be off limits to helicopter recreation. It is an elitist activity for the wealthy and causes noise pollution. Residences within the flight paths of the helicopters will be negatively impacted. Wildlife will be disturbed and wolverines have been known to abandon their dens from human activity and noise.
We have been battling this industry in Haines for over 12 years. Operators get their foot in the door by saying they will cooperate with management and regulation, then they proceed to flaunt the regulations and do as they please. The proponents of this industry have inflated egos with a wild-west cowboy mentality. For the sake of all pubic land users please do not open up our State Parks to helicopter recreation.
Thom Ely
Haines, Alaska

In lieu of payment, donation made

Fantasy RV Tours and Creative World Travel is an RV tour company with groups stopping in Homer every year. This past year, we had four groups entertained by the “Homer Ukulele Society.”
The group asked that, in lieu of payment, we make a donation on their behalf to “The Homer Foundation.” Please extend our gratitude to all the residents of Homer for making our groups feel welcome. Attached you will find a check for that donation.
Paul G Mitchell,
Operations Manager
Fantasy and Creative Tours LLC

Family grateful for much support

As the family of Gary Longhenry, who recently passed away, we would like to express our gratitude and admiration to all of you who tried so hard to help him: my neighbor Brian Watry, the Homer Police Department, the Homer Volunteer Fire Department’s ambulance crew and the emergency room staff at South Peninsula Hospital. If anything could have saved him, it would have happened thanks to your efforts, expertise and dedication.
We’d also like to thank Gary’s awesome friends, the amazing people of Homer for the outpouring of love and support, as well as Hospice of Homer for helping us deal with our loss. We are truly grateful to live in such a wonderful community.
Ruth and Brent Babcock,
Allie and Jessy Lentz ,
Ray and Diana Longhenry

Warren Miller crowd gets second chance

Kachemak Ski Club sends a big note of thanks to all who came to our recent Warren Miller fundraiser. We also thank ERA, and Homer Theatre for their support, and the kids who made such awesome ski and snowboard clips.
We’re indebted to Tehben Dean, who put all those clips together. If you missed seeing the video, come to our annual meeting/potluck at Cook Inletkeeper on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m..
Thanks again for your interest in KSC/Ohlson Mountain Rope Tow.
Nell Gustafson

Thanksgiving baskets generate thanks

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We are so grateful to live in this wonderful place where so many have such giving hearts. We would like to give a short update on the Thanksgiving Basket program. 
We had so many wonderful volunteers, I can’t even name them all. But I want each of you to know how very much we appreciate each of you. The different groups from the many churches in town made fast work of the many tasks. Our sincere thanks to those wonderful people who contributed to help us financially with this project: The Homer Emblem Club, K-Bay Marines, the Long Term Care Resident Council at SPH, American Legion Post 16, American Legion Auxiliary, Kachemak Bay Rotary, Catholic Women’s Guild, Share the Spirit and Dave and Mary Schroer through the Homer Foundation. This does not take away from the wonderful members of our community who always send what they can. You are most appreciated.
We cannot forget to mention Chris Story, who always manages to find a way to go pick up for us in Kenai. This year, I believe he had Dickie Gregoire help with this part.  We are also grateful to the Salvation Army for their help with some of our excess application.
 Thanks to the Homer United Methodist Church for the use of their facilities and for the support from their members. We thank everyone for the happiness that goes with doing this project, and now we are looking forward to doing it again next month for the Share the Spirit Christmas program.   
Fran Van Sandt and Amy Shumaker,
Co-Chairmen, Kachemak Bay Lions Thanksgiving Basket Program

Drill safety class of great benefit

I would like to publicly thank Lisa Nordsrom for giving us the opportunity to take the Marine Safety Drill Instructor class. I don’t think our family can thank you enough. This will save us a lot of money and time. Now we can go fishing safely, and we have you to thank for that.
Dennis Martishev and Timon Reutov

Interviews provide learning experience

I would like to publicly thank Jessie Cashman, Human Resource Director at South Peninsula Hospital, for the time she spent coming to Voznesenka to give me and my classmates interviews.
I got to experience what an interview feels like and learned new things about South Peninsula Hospital, such as what jobs are available and what someone must do to get a job. We greatly appreciate her support and involvement in our education.
Savely Kalugin and Kirick Reutov

Shout out to Gary Squires

I would like to publicly thank Gary Squires, the boss of Redden Marine, (AKA Kachemak Gear Shed), for coming to Voznesenka School to let the Russian juniors and seniors experience job interviews. We are grateful for your support of our education.
Vasilisa Basargin

Shout out for Jessie Ryan

I would like to publicly thank Jessie Ryan for coming out to Voznesenka School to conduct job interviews. I know she is a very busy employee of the Department of Fish and Game, and I would like to thank her for giving up some of her precious time to help out me and my peers to prepare for our future.
We will need these skills to interview for a job that we are going to want to do for the rest of our lives. Without this practice, I would not know what or how I would feel when I’m going into a job interview.
Thanks to her, I do know how it will feels, and what I should prepare for. Thank you kindly.
Deanese Polushkin

November appreciates local -all- nurses

National Nurse Practitioner week was Nov. 11-17, and offered a great opportunity to recognize the important work nurse practitioners do throughout the year. This includes providing high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care; helping patients make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices; helping solve the primary care shortage in today’s health care system; providing a partnership with the patient in their health care.
The nurse practitioners in our area specialize and work in settings such as family health, medical offices, pediatrics, geriatrics, school health, women’s health, midwifery, administration, education, hospital, community health, village health and others.
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have advanced education beyond a bachelor’s degree, (usually a 2-3 year program) and are required to complete a minimum of a master’s degree and certification by exams through national nurse practitioner credentialing agencies.
Please join us in recognizing the following dedicated local nurse practitioners: Becky Noble, Betsie Brennand, Carol Klamser, Carrie Warren, Cindy Beske, Derrie Downey Devrie, Donna Fenske, Gail Klaus, Kate Finn, Julie McCarron, Mary Ann Wilson, Mary Lou Kelsey, and Sonja Martin-Young. (If we inadvertently missed one of our colleagues, please let us know).
Thank you for your support to these dedicated, advanced-practice registered nurses.
Bonnie Betley
Friends of Nurse Practitioners

Hospice welcomes eight volunteers

Hospice of Homer just completed our annual “End-of-Life” volunteer training. Hospice would like to welcome the eight newly trained volunteers who will soon be in the community providing compassion in action to those individuals and families who HOH has the privilege to serve.
Thank you for bringing your heart and skills to be of service through Hospice and kudos to the wonderful people and organizations who made
Hospice of Homer End of Life volunteer training was made possible by: Homer Senior Center for providing physical space; guest speakers: Susan Bunting, Katie Beckman, Claudia Caffee-Delapp, Susie Alward, Bob Redmond, Pam Hooker, Charlie Gibson, Paul Gregoire, Pam Breckenridge, Ruth Babcock, Sheryl Ohlsen, Marilyn Shroyer, Vivian Finlay, Sharon McKemie-Bauer, Kathy Carssow, Greta Mahowald and BJ Elder; actors Carol Dee, Brenda Dolma, Michael McKinney, Vanessa Bale, Mary Griffith and Jen Castellani; and special thanks to Bonnie Betley, John Neville and Fat Olives for the tasty pizza.
Hospice provides free-of-charge services to residents of the southern Kenai Peninsula. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, making a financial donation or learning more about the services Hospice offers, contact staff at 235-6899.
Darlene Hilderbrand
Executive director
Compassion in Action

Thank you for Kate Mitchell

I would like to publicly thank Kate Mitchell of Nomar for coming down to Voznesenka School to perform some “mock” job interviews with the juniors and seniors. I, myself, am a junior, and the interview gave me an idea of what to expect in my near future. I thank you on behalf of the entire class.
We greatly appreciate the time and effort you put into making it happen, and we hope you come again in future years.
Mirimia Kuzmin

Appreciation for Kachemak Emergency

I would like to thank the Kachemak Emergency Services for helping us understand how dangerous fires can be. The Voznesenka students who participated in the Marine Safety Drill Instructor class greatly appreciate the time and effort you put into this demonstration and practice.
Thank you especially, Jason Boyle and Steve Miller, for meeting us at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station and teaching us how to use a fire extinguisher properly. These lessons will be so beneficial when we are faced with fires on our fishing vessels. You may have saved our lives.
Dennis Martishev

Gratitude for Steve Wolfe

I would like to thank Steve Wolfe for coming to the small village of Voznesenka on Nov. 14 and providing mock interviews to the high school students of Voznesenka. The students express their gratitude for taking time out of your work to help us prepare for our future. Your investment in our education will have long lasting effects.
Ernie Kuzmin and Voznesenka High School Students

Shoutout for Andrea Petersen

I would like to thank the City of Homer for sending Andrea Petersen to interview the juniors and seniors of Voznesenka School on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. She had to brave more than 20 miles of our icy, snow-covered roads to make it out here. So, I wanted to publicly thank Andrea Petersen for her support in our education and futures. This experience gave me a head start on what to expect when going into future employment interviews.
Anastasia Kalugin

Grateful for Eric Knutson

I would like to express my appreciation to Eric Knutson of Project Grad for clearing his busy schedule and setting up the mock interviews for the students of Vozneseka School on Nov. 15. We all learned a lot about interviews and hopefully they will help us in future employment interviews. The interviews helped all the students because now we know how an interview is done.
Maria Martushev

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3 Responses for “Letters – Nov. 21”

  1. Carla Jones says:

    This is in response to heli no. I say heli yes. I don’t know who the “we” is in keeping heli skiing out of Haines that Mr. Ely is referring to. This could mean him and his hamster for all I know. All he is doing is casting dispersions on people and a business he does not know. Calling them egotistical, and that they will break laws, helicopters are dangerous, elitists, disturning neighbors…all eroneous and conjecture.
    State parks and land are there for people to use, and use respectfully. A backcountry skier that is touring starts at sea level and works their way up through terrain that wildlife is living in. This presence last longer and effects wildlige much more than a heli skier who is skiing at altitude void of food and wildlife. And yes I am a backcountry skier and I have gone heli skiing, and I am not wealthy. This land is for all to use. Roads are not being built, structures are not being built, and trails are not being cut an eroded, the same trails that are built for hikers to use, once again in areas where wildlife like to congregate. The xenophobia of heli skiing is like anything that is new and different, people may be afraif of it. I say embrace the heli skiing, get to the know the people, and allow them to use the lands (which are there to use) and generate revenue and business for the local economy. Heli skiing is not the end of the world, just the opposite, it is enhancing the quality of life, it is just skiing. A low impact activity, and yes everything we do has some impact. I love that fact the people feel good about building their house right next to a park, but don’t let anyone go into the park and use it. Hypocrisy?

    • Hypocrisy-yes! says:

      Heli skiing is a much more environmentally healthy way to make money and create jobs than say Buccaneer, but everyone is up in arms about that?

      Buccaneer is breaking the law destroying the bay. They have been lying to locals about job creation. They told east enders that there would be no jobs for locals when questioned. They also told people at the meeting that they would be buying water from Homer and trucking it in, but behind our backs they went and got a permit for drilling for 56,000 gallons of water per day. They said they would add all info about permits to their website, they did not. They lied. So they are now going to steal east enders water to pump into the ground so they can poison the rest of the water.

      Buccaneer has been lying about everything and has a disturbing potential to destroy everything we hold dear about Homer…and all people want to comment on and complain about is Heli Skiing?

  2. Heli Yes says:

    The flight path is from Seldovia to the mountains, providing access to the areas that literally nobody goes to in the winter. No noise for Homer, much needed winter jobs in Seldovia, and guess what? the tracks melt in summer. Everyone wins, except for those who say ‘no’ to everything that could possibly bring economic benefit to this area. Mr. Ely belongs in Haines as do his hate attitudes towards the ‘elite’ he needs to understand the occupy movement is dead due to lack of interest.

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