Letters – Dec. 5

Build pipeline with PFD investment

Alaskans have about $40 billion invested in our Alaska Permanent Fund. These dollars are invested in businesses and nations throughout the world. Most believe dollars are wealth. In the end, dollars are only a tool used to help the people prosper. Our dollars, created by the private Federal Reserve Bank are accepted around the globe. They are backed by nothing more than the “good faith and credit” of the American people.
One day, the people of the world will no longer accept our dollars, simply on “good faith and credit.” What happens to our permanent fund then? Do we actually own some tangible assets?
For decades now, Alaskans have begged our politicians to build an all-Alaska gasline. Every election season, we hear the politicians tickle our ears for hope of a gasline. After their election, we see no public campaigning for an all-Alaska gasline by those we elect. There’s only defeated proposals and delays.
It is time for the people to rattle our shackles of containment. Dollars have no intrinsic value. We need to take some of our dollars out of the permanent fund, and invest it into infrastructure projects – real assets with value to all people of Alaska.
With the dollar’s loss as the world’s reserve currency will come the collapse of our permanent fund. Taking dollars and turning them into an asset like the all-Alaska gasline will protect our investment for future generations, regardless of what happens to the almighty dollar.
We know what the politicians will do: delay, delay, delay. Will we demand an all-Alaska gasline as the previous generation did regarding our all-Alaska oil line?
We must recognize that true wealth of a nation is not in dollars, but our productive capacity as a people. Let’s turn some of our dollars into something of true value – a tangible asset we can sink our teeth into.
Ray Southwell

Bigs, littles benefit from video

Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank the Homer Foundation for awarding our program a grant to purchase a new camera and video recorder. These funds have been put to good use documenting our new matches and group activities.
The video recorder is not only allowing us to interview our Bigs and Littles for fundraising events, but also for use by our matches for fun activities. We already have one teen Sister who is using the recorder to make her own movie.
Thank you, Homer Foundation, for starting something big and supporting mentoring in our community.
Jenny Martin
Big Brothers Big Sisters

Midtown Cafe grateful for support

Midtown Cafe’s grand opening was a huge success. Thank you to all the businesses that donated door prizes and food: The Homer Book Store, Radio Shack, Pho and Thai Restaurant, Aloha Restaurant, Don Jose’s, Two Sisters, Fresh Sourdough Express, Kachemak Bowl, Young’s Chinese Restaurant, Caribou Restaurant, Boss Hoggz, Fat Olives, Salvation Army, Seven Loaves Cafe, Save-U-More, Safeway and Timeless Toys.
Jenny Christensen

Hospice Remembrance Celebration support

Hospice of Homer recently held our annual Remembrance Celebration, where community members had the opportunity to honor their loved ones. On behalf of Hospice, I would like to thank the businesses and individuals for their support of this program: Hospice of Homer chaplain, Bob Redmond, for his heartfelt words and Buck Curry for the inspiring Native American flute music; Safeway for the lovely flowers and Two Sisters Bakery for the delicious treats.
It is important to remember them, to speak their names aloud and remember their wisdom.
If you are interested in learning more about Hospice of Homer, becoming a volunteer, or making a donation, please give us a call at 235-6899 or stop by the office at 910 East End Rd., Suite 2.
Darlene Hilderbrand,
Executive director, Homer Hospice

Uniting teens against homelessness

Teens United For A Future wants to thank all the volunteers and teens representing the 37 homeless school students at the first-annual Homeless Awareness Rally in Homer on Saturday.
The signs and displays, amazing teens standing up for their peers and the group of adults standing together showing we care about our community of homeless families and teens, was so moving. I personally want to thank these individuals for their creativity, hope and compassion to all of our homeless: Marlaina Theil, for her inspiration and all her help, Dana Payne for her spirit, P.J. Payne for his energy and commitment, Mallory Drover for her support and caring attitude.
To the teens, thank you for your commitment to solutions and hope, and for standing out for hours in the cold to represent your homeless students of Homer: Dylan, Rayce, Shainna, Haylee, Shawn, Joe, Kimmy, Jacob, Michaela, Josh, Amber and more.
A huge thank you also goes out to two amazing young women who called out of no where to be part of this event, as well as our newly formed Homer homeless committee.
Rachel and Reba Sena, your spirit and volunteerism to a cause you believe in shines in you both and your inspiration affects all of us. To all of the homeless, we care and are finding solutions to this community problem.
Janet O’Rourke
Teens United For A Future

Energy Fair helped by many

Homer Electric Association would like to thank everyone who helped make our recent Energy and Conservation Fairs a great success. The Fairs at the Kenai Middle School and West Homer Elementary School attracted more than 800 people who received information about energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling and other topics related to this year’s theme, “Safe, Responsible Energy Solutions.”
There is a long list of folks who deserve special recognition, starting with our 2012 Gold sponsors: Hilcorp Alaska, Touchstone Energy, Stanley Ford and Tesoro. Silver sponsors include Home Depot, Alaska Community Development Corporation, Kenai Peninsula Builders Association, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Spenard Builders Supply, Brown’s Electric Supply, Grant Aviation, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Warm Wood and HiSpeed Gear.
This year’s door prizes were graciously provided by Grant Aviation, Alaska Railroad, and Dan’s TV and Appliance.
Our new children’s activity, Louie the Lightning Bug’s Conservation Voyage, was a huge hit. A special thanks goes to the Kenai River Brown Bears hockey team, who spared a couple of players to help teach the young voyagers about recycling and energy conservation. Also, thanks to support from Homer Electric employees, Magpies Pizza, Dan and Shelly Funk, Sterling Happenings and the Lundell family for their time and effort to collect recycled items.
Thank you to the following businesses that participated in the fairs and shared their expertise with HEA members: Ace Dragon Coatings and Foam, Alaska Community Development Corp., Alaska Craftsman Home Program, Alaska Efficient Energy Solutions, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Infrared LLC, Alaska Warm Wood Heating, Alaskan Wind Industries, Amso’s Carpets and Interiors, Brown’s Electric Supply, Central Peninsula Garden Club, Cook Inletkeeper, Cooperative Extension, Dan’s TV and Appliance, Green Star, HiSpeed Gear, Home Depot, Installations Services, Kangen Water, Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Quality Energy and Automation Enterprises, Renewable Energy Alaska Project, ReGroup, Regulatory Commission of Alaska, Spenard Builders Supply, Stanley Ford, State of Alaska Heating Assistance Program, Sustainable Homer, T&T Toyo Services, Triangle Recycling, Wisdom and Associates, and Wood Heat Fire Stone, AK GEO Energy and Lime Solar.
A big thank you to the Soldotna High School track team and the Homer High School volleyball team who helped serve food at the fairs.
In addition, I would like to acknowledge the administration and staff at Kenai Middle School and West Homer Elementary. They were incredibly accommodating and their assistance was invaluable.
Homer Electric is committed to providing our members with as much information as possible to manage their energy use. We are already looking forward to our 2013 Energy and Conservation Fairs, and if you have any suggestions on how to improve our fairs, we would love to hear from you.
Sandra Ghormley
Manager of Member Relations,
Homer Electric Association

A kickstarter thank you

I would like to thank Homer, and in particular AJ’s and the staff at South Peninsula Hospital for its support of Heidijo music and my Kickstarter project. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. When I was researching Kickstarter, the advice was that most of my support would be from family and friends, and though it is mostly true, I was surprised with the showing of local support.
Heidijo music is 100 percent funded for recording in New Orleans. I couldn’t have done it without you. I wish each of you a Magical Thank You for participating in Heidijo music.
It meant a great deal to me to have you come to my shows.  The positive vibes I felt from you all will continue to follow me on my journey to a Big Party of Sound. I will keep you updated via Facebook and twitter: facebook.com/heidijomusic twitter.com/musicheidijo.
Heidijo Smith

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