Letters – Dec. 12

Viewing the fiscal cliff from here

Looking at the fiscal cliff dilemma from an accounting perspective, raising taxes for the wealthy should actually benefit the economy. Every dollar spent on creating jobs and paying employees is a business expense, and therefore already tax deductible, so the more a business invests in job creation, the fewer taxes they will have to pay.
Investing in their business therefore becomes even more of an incentive for the business owner, in addition to their privilege to be able to help grow the economy. Our country was built on the principle of everyone paying their fair share of taxes so everyone could benefit.
A business with a minimum $250,000 yearly net income (the minimum for the proposed tax increase) is not a tiny mom and pop store. In order to show a quarter million dollars of net income, a business gross revenue is, of course, a whole lot more, since all expenses such as buildings, inventory, payroll, utilities, maintenance, etc. are deducted as business expenses, and only the income left after these expenses is subject to taxes.
Someone with a minimum of a quarter million dollars net income a year should be required to, and able, to pay a higher tax rate than an office worker, mechanic or teacher.
Dorle Harness

Arctic Walrus fights cancer

In an attempt to put cancer in its place, nearly 20 individuals from around the state joined forces for a fourth year to raise money by growing mustaches. This unique fundraiser, called “Movember,” has grown dramatically over the last few years. However, Team Arctic Walrus has been a stalwart in this fight, celebrating its four year anniversary in 2012.
To commemorate this accomplishment, and the fact that they raised more than $7,000 this year, the group hosted their annual gala celebration at the Down East Saloon on Dec. 1. The gala was a smashing success, and the team would like to thank 100th Monkey and Los Holy Santos Gang for their fantastic music.
A special thanks also goes out to the Down East, who not only hosted the event, but also donated money to the cause. Lastly, a very special thanks to all of those who supported the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas. See you next year!
Chris Brown,
Captain, Team Arctic Walrus

Students learn interview skills

“Tell me about yourself.”
These four words can elevate your blood pressure, open your sweat glands and speed up your heart rate. For most of us, interviews cause stress, worry and trepidation. Fear of the unknown plays a role in that anxiety.
To alleviate some of that stress, the juniors and seniors of Voznesenka created portfolios and practiced interview scenarios. With the support of some Homer agencies, each student then had at least one opportunity to be interviewed and receive feedback to help him/her plan for the future.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to the following Homer representatives: Andrea Peterson, City of Homer; Jessie Cashman, South Peninsula Hospital; Kate Mitchell, Nomar; Eric Knutson, Project Grad; Gary Squires, Redden Marine; Jessie Ryan, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve; and Steve Wolfe, Wolfe’s Lawns.
“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action,” as a saying goes by Walter Anderson.
On behalf of the Voznesenka applied communications class, thank you.
Katherine Serge-Hoeschen

Fire extinguisher lesson invaluable

I would like to publically thank Jason Boyle and Steve Miller of Kachemak Emergency Services for showing Voznesenka students how to use a fire extinguisher. It helped me a lot.
I also learned a few good things about fire extinguishers, like always have a bigger extinguisher. (As people say, “the bigger the better.”)
I hope you enjoyed this experience as much as I did. Thank you again.
Avraam Kalugin

Polars for Peeps helped kids

As a homeless liaison for Kenai Peninsula School District’s Students in Transition Program, I’d like to take a moment to thank the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown, Rotary District 5010 and the Homer Foundation for their outstanding contribution to the “Polars for Peeps” project.
This project strives to ensure that all elementary-aged homeless children in the Homer area have sufficient cold-weather clothing.
Because of their generosity, children who enter the program this winter will benefit from this warm, heartfelt gift. On behalf of these children and their parents, thank you.
Marlaina Thiel

Bird bias

If Homer wants to trap the pigeons, then why don’t they trap the ravens and crows that get into your garbage and groceries in the back of your truck? The City of Homer bought a special trap for the pigeons, so what’s the difference?
But Homer will always be Homer; no progress whatsoever.
John Sweeney

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2 Responses for “Letters – Dec. 12”

  1. foreign_observer says:

    Dorle Harness,
    You are probably right, except the range of income they want to tax is gross, not the net! That makes a big difference in the “game of words” being played.

  2. foreign_observer says:

    And I do not mind being subject to correction, if I’m wrong on this.

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