Letters – Feb. 13

No healthy environment means no health

I have lived in Alaska for 70 years – 30 years longer than you, Mr. Monte. (In response to “Who benefits the community as a whole,” by Homer Chamber of Commerce Director Monte Davis, Feb. 6.)
You’ve lived here only since the oil came on the scene. I have lived here since before oil changed Alaska, and not necessarily for the better. I have also been a farmer all my life, including living a subsistence lifestyle on a local homestead.
Your letter is an insult to farmers everywhere, but especially to those hard-working locals, old-timers and pioneers without whom there would be no productive agricultural lands, no local produce, no farmer’s market or natural beef. They also provide year-round jobs and livelihoods for growers all over the Kenai.
Without a healthy environment, there will be no healthy food, no healthy fish, (there goes that pristine industry) and no healthy people. We can’t eat gas and oil. We use fuel for farming, true, but it’s not cheap, thanks to the profit-hungry oil industry that now, on top of that, want even more tax breaks or they will all go away?
Shame on you. I want an apology for insinuating so blatantly that farming, clean fishing grounds and alternate energy sources are anti-progress, anti-development or anti-anything. We are for a sustainable, renewable and healthy Homer, which is why it is already such a very special place and tourist attraction. It also creates jobs, generates income for Homer and promotes diversity and healthy lifestyles.
You do not represent all of us.
Mairiis Kilcher

Creating an unnecessary stir

A classic presentation of “sensationalism” at its finest. Your publication’s recent reporting that Jessica Tenhoff was denied entry into the recent Kenai Peninsula Economic Development Industry Outlook Forum has created an unnecessary stir.
I was in attendance when she burst into the meeting room screaming at the top of her lungs that she had a right to attend because she represented an industry that has created economic development via her yurt manufacturing business. Her denial to attend was due to the fact that she did not register – plain and simple.
Advance registrations to events such as this forum are important so that proper planning for seating and meals can be ascertained. Registering in advance and getting your ticket to attend is no different than going to a movie at the Homer Theatre, where you must have a ticket to attend or, yes, be denied entry.
This Economic Development Forum was no different. Jessica’s “temper tantrum” and unprofessional interruption was rude and grossly impolite. The implication by your publication that Jessica is a “hero” is flawed. She certainly had knowledge of the event well in advance, as a newspaper published an editorial written by her in the Jan. 31 edition; the opening day of the event. So, if she took time in advance to write an editorial, why couldn’t she have taken the time to register?
I’ve always been told, “if you snooze, you lose,” and she certainly lost out by not securing a ticket to attend.
Tom Stroozas

Brother Asaiah Day

Our mayor has again proclaimed Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, to be Brother Asaiah Day. Asaiah sent  hundreds of love letters through this paper to our “Beautiful citizens dancing upon the wheel of destiny here in our gorgeous cosmic hamlet by the sea.”
His letters were compassionate, kind and appealing to the courageous soul within each of us. “Above all and within all, Stay in Love. Be kind to one another.
Be thankful, so thankful, and have compassion for all things. You are great souls of light in this flow of life. We are blessed beyond imagination to live, work and carry out the creative process in this positively charged emanation of energy and light, this glorious Garden of Eden.”
And who is this poet who catches and expresses the wonder of our Homer community? None other than our dear Brother Asaiah, who left his body in 2000, and whose spirit still warms our hearts in the darkest, ice-bound days.
Martha Ellen Anderson
Author of the book, “Brother Asaiah”

Snowmachiners: respect private property

Property along East Skyline Drive, from East Hill Road to half a mile past the school bus turnaround and all along Ohlson Mountain Road past Lookout Mountain, is all private property. There is no public land in this area anywhere along these two roads. 
Skyline landowners remind snowmachine operators that running your machine anywhere in this area is illegal and driving off the roadway constitutes trespass on private land.
The Snomads are to be commended for their efforts in creating legal trails and parking areas for this recreational pursuit so snowmachine enthusiasts can enjoy public lands open to snowmachining. 
Established parking areas at the end of East End Road and at the Watermelon Trail off Ohlson Mt. Road opposite the public ski area provide easy access to some of the best snowmachine trails. 
Most of the public land in the Homer area is open, except State Park land and public ski trails. The Snomads have worked a great deal on outreach and education to let users know where these areas are. They also host activities and trail rides to get people out to public lands. 
However, more outreach is needed to educate those who are trespassing on private lands, a situation which creates animosity toward this user group.  
User groups can co-exist if there is respect and separation. Please educate yourself about where you can legally snowmachine.
You can find useful information in the “Alaska Snowmobile Safety Laws, Rules and Regulations,” at http://www.dot.state.ak.us/highwaysafety/assets/pdf/AK_Snowmobile_Laws_Rules_Regs_02-03.pdf.  
Be neighborly and respect people’s property rights by not trespassing, whether the land is posted or not.  The Borough has an easy-to-use parcel viewer that shows land ownership so you can see where the public lands are located. Check it out:  http://mapserver.borough.kenai.ak.us/kpbmapviewer/. 
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex on Pioneer Avenue also has maps showing land ownership, as well as where and how to access public lands.
Nina Faust for eight other Skyline Drive and Ohlson Mountain Road property owners

Appreciation for Boy Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 555 recently completed a shed-building project and would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous contributions of supplies and cash donations: American Legion Post 16, The Home Depot of Kenai, Monty Wilhusen, Rick Paulsrud, Jennifer Poss, Paul Raymond, Roberta Harris, Jay and Elise Boyer, Deanna Caitlin, Bill Bechtol, Dan Rediske and a large anonymous cash donor. We appreciate the support of this community as our boys learn and grow through this great organization.
Michelle Waclawski,
Troop 555 Committee Chair

Winning artist shows appreciation

I would like to sincerely thank Homer Council on the Arts for awarding me the “Youth Artist of the Year” award, which was presented to me at their annual meeting on Jan. 25.
I was absolutely flabbergasted upon receiving news that they had chosen me to receive the award, but let me mention as well that I was equally honored. It is such a fantastic feeling to know that HCOA supports me and the passion for art that drives me in life.
I will never forget this wonderful award I have been given in my lovely home town of Homer, Alaska. It is an honor that will stick with me and push me forward in life for countless years to come. Again, I thank them with my all heart.
Drew L. Turner

Thanks for the ice

A huge thank you to the Homer Foundation and Jenson Fund for their generous donation toward our refrigeration maintenance last fall; a must in order to keep the ice rink doors open and the ice … well, ice!
The project entailed the installation of oil heaters and wells on both compressors that are vital to our refrigeration system. This was above and beyond our regular maintenance of the system and came with a healthy price tag. These repairs were conducted last fall and allowed for a smooth season start-up.
We truly appreciate the good work of the Homer Foundation and all of the donors, thank you.
Cinda Martin
HHA Finance Committee Member

A cat’s return

Dear person who brought back Ella: thank you. My kitten Ella has gray and black stripes and green eyes. She is eight months old and very small.
You brought her to the shelter last Wednesday, Jan. 30. She was missing for three weeks and three days. I prayed for her to come home for a long, long time.
We were very happy to have her back. Ella is happy to be back too. So, thank you very, very much.
Lawson Wallis, age 7

Find a cat’s home

I found a lost kitten a month ago and took to the Homer Animal Shelter. The following week, I read in the classifieds that someone was looking for their lost kitten. I called them when the kitten sounded familiar to the one I took to the shelter. I told them I had found a kitten and Sherry had it. It turned out it wasn’t their kitten. I then found another kitten a bit younger than the other one. I took her to Sherry at the Homer Animal Shelter. She showed me a flyer that looked just like the kitten I brought in. She called them and they came down to look. It turned out to be their kitten that had been missing three weeks and three days. She was hungry and cold, but in fair condition. The first kitten got adopted to a nice family. Sherry called my house and informed me that the owners of the kitten I found had left me a letter. The letter said;
“Dear person who brought back Ella, thank you. My kitten Ella has gray and black stripes and green eyes. She is eight months old and very small. You brought her to the shelter last Wednesday, Jan. 30. She was missing for three weeks and three days. I prayed for her to come home for a long, long time. We were very happy to have her back. Ella is happy to be back too, so thank you very, very much.”
It made me happy to have found this child’s “friend.” I think it would make a great story about how the Homer Animal Shelter is not only a place to adopt a “best friend,” but also that the shelter reunites people with their pets. I hope you consider this as something to look into doing a story about the shelter. They are so wonderful. They deserve the praise. Thank you so much.
Evangeline White

Party hardy

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center would like to extend a warm “thank you” to all the amazing volunteers and public servants who helped make the 2013 Winter Carnival parade a success!
Thank you to the public for coming out to enjoy the parade. We are happy to say it was a beautiful day to be enjoying a parade! We would like to thank everyone for keeping the roads clear during the parade to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Thank you to: Road Blockers: Paul and Debbie Dauphinais, Dee Macy, Julie and Steve Parizek, Pat Melone, Elder Perkins, Elder Bunch, Paula Riley, Paula Frisinger, Julie Davis and Jo Davis. Staging Helpers: Maura Gibson and Debbie Speakman. The American Legion for the color guard. Public Works for the use of the road blocks. Cinda and Greg Martin for the delivery and set-up of the road blocks. Bay Realty for allowing the use of their facility for the judge’s station and for being such a great host to the judges and emcee. Chris Story and Monte Davis for being such a great emcees. Judges Alita Mahan, Helen Phipps and Crystal Rogers.
Lastly, a huge “thank you” to AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union for being such a generous sponsor of this year’s Winter Carnival.
This parade would not be what it is without the help from these amazing volunteers and without the great folks that take time to come up with floats and routines to participate in this event
Thank you for a great Winter Carnival!
Nyla Lightcap, Homer Chamber of Commerce
Winter Carnival Coordinator

Fool or visionary?

 For publicly supporting Alaska House Bill 69, designed to defend Alaskans from federal dominance on the gun control issue, I and other Alaskans have been called paranoid and heartless by a fellow Homer-area resident. His argument essentially is that personal firearms injure people, causing pain and suffering; therefore, the federal government should control their access and use.
But many Alaskans resent such federal overreaching, believing that hunting, sport and self-defense against criminals are valid reasons for owning firearms. Consequently, they support the 2nd Amendment. Fewer, such as myself, believe that protection of the State and its people by an armed citizenry from potential federal tyranny is also a legitimate constitutional right. Is federal tyranny imminent? Not necessarily. Could it happen? I believe so, based upon the inevitability of the “slippery slope” concept. Remember how the Tonkin Gulf incident of 1964, with fake reports of North Vietnamese torpedo attacks on American naval ships, led directly to the United States stuffing a half-million troops a year into the Vietnam fiasco? You will also remember Secretary of State Colin Powell’s assertion, from extremely flimsy evidence, of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that precipitated us into that mess. Now we’re confronted with a recent executive decision authorizing the use of drones to kill American citizens in the Middle East if they are suspected of aiding AlQaeda. I fully expect that in the near future drone strikes will be used to kill citizens such as the rogue Los Angeles ex-policeman. Isn’t it reasonable to anticipate their eventual use against, say, a tax protestor, an unpopular armed loner hiding out in the mountains of Montana. Could the bureaucracy then use a drone on you for protesting? That’s happened in the past from supposedly law-abiding and civilized nations. Using their equivalent of sudden “drone” strikes, Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union did precisely that with their Gestapo and NKVD. Unarmed protesting citizens were, by the hundreds of thousands, murdered by government entities. Thereafter there’s no limit. Pol Pot’s soldiers, in the 1970s killing fields of Cambodia, transformed that nation’s two million strong educated class of small capitalists into  piles of sun-bleached human bones. And don’t forget the latest examples, the Arab Spring nations, such as Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Syria, losing thousands of their citizens to tyrannical government.
In this country, our networks of communication, trade, energy, finance and exchange are fragile. Upsetting one would destabilize the others and rapidly reduce our economy to chaos, with martial law subsequently declared. But consider the uproar, confusion, and disruption throughout the entire Los Angeles bowl caused recently by a single rogue ex-policeman. Imagine that effect magnified by thousands, if looting and predation becomes prevalent from “embedded” starving, desperate and angry persons, many armed, because it’s simply not possible to secure the 300 million firearms owned by the public.   There wouldn’t possibly be enough police or troops to restore order in such a chaotic situation.
In the above scenarios, I believe that an armed citizenry would be the best and probably only feasible means of defending life and property. In fact, an armed citizenry makes those scenarios less likely to occur. Therefore, I’d much rather be called a paranoid fool than be termed an uncannily accurate, but murdered, visionary.
Larry Slone

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2 Responses for “Letters – Feb. 13”

  1. who do they work for? says:

    In case anyone had not realized, The Koch Brother’s group ALEC is officially taking over every level of government in Alaska. If it weren’t for the legislation benefiting oil companies or cruise ships, the only legislation we would have seen in the state legislature so far comes straight from ALEC introduced by Wes Keller.

    And now, The mayor of Anchorage just pulled a Scott Walker, attempting to eliminate bargaining rights for public employee unions.

    They informed employees at 20 minutes to five that they would be introducing this, yet 750 people managed to show up….

    “More than 750 people, many representing eight labor groups, clogged the Tuesday night Anchorage Assembly meeting in a sign of the fight to come over Mayor Dan Sullivan’s proposal to weaken city unions.”

    Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/02/12/2787033/unions-pack-assembly-to-protest.html#storylink=cpy

  2. foreign_observer says:

    Mr. Slone,
    I like to question those who favor gun-control by the federal government along these lines: Do you exercise your 1st Amendment rights ? Do you feel as if you are responsible in exercising those rights (for example, not yelling fire in a crowded place or carrying racist placards outside a black church or even refraining from burning the US flag? So you actually feel as if you, as a responsible citizen, do not require restrictions on the 1st Amendment, because you and nearly everyone else is capable of regulating yourself or do you feel that it is necessary to give up your 1st Amendment rights because a few people abuse that freedom and cause the innocent to suffer?

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