Letters – Feb. 6

A right to privacy

In response to an editorial I saw by Eileen Becker commenting on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, I’d like to shed light on another side of the more than likely ever ongoing issue of the legality of abortion.
A woman’s body belongs to her. This is absolutely a privacy issue, and despite the option of adoption, there are, of course, many circumstances where a woman is unable to follow through with a pregnancy, in addition to the more personal and emotive issues such as rape. In the United States under the premise that we are ensured “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness;” women are blessed to have a choice. In many cases being forced by law to carry a pregnancy to term would infringe on those rights, not to mention that a number of women die due to “street” abortions or self-induced home abortions, without the guarantee of safety that clinics provide before legalization. Women all over the world – in Latin America, the Middle East, Egypt, and many other places face devastating legal penalties for termination of pregnancy, even in the early stage, not to mention the legal penalties that doctors face. As an unfortunate result, many women in those places look for often gruesome methods to self-abort, and in many cases suffer health problems, or even die.
To ask, “Is it a life?” does not only apply to a growing fetus. A woman has to take her own life into consideration as well – a life that has learned, grown, developed, and experienced. I would think that any mother would want what is best for her child, even if that would mean that she had to make a decision that is already difficult enough without the social ramifications.
Tabitha Cox

Camai from beautiful downtown Nanwalek

People, people; I need to say something about our wonderful community. It is a beautiful village with loving community members. The social ills we face are the same as any community, anywhere we live.
Nanwalek has been labeled the AIDS community, like we are the only community dealing with this. It is in your community as well. We have put up with many ugly comments made by many people far and near.
Our young people are reminded of this label to this day, when they leave the village to attend conferences. We are human beings just like you and have unfortunately been labeled as the “AIDS village.” We not only deal with this social ill, we also face the same negative behaviors you in your community are trying to take care of.
We have many good things happening in our village, but people do not acknowledge the good. I guess it is just human nature to chew on negativity. Come on people, let it go. We have wicked-good qualities. I am sorry Ted Mala made such an announcement. However, from that, we have become stronger as human beings.
For those who are ignorant and want to point a finger at us, remember that, as you point, the remaining fingers on your hand are aimed back at you.
When I was growing up, my mom would tell us to not say bad things about people because it can come back harder and worse on you. I have had to eat crow a time or two. Discrimination is an unjust behavior. Take time to know who we are. Please do not assume you know us because someone labeled us. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Nancy Yeaton

Remembering Martushev’s love of hockey

Homer Hockey Association would like to remember Andrei Martushev and all of his volunteer work for our organization.
Andrei helped shovel and clear the old rink behind the middle school for several years in the late 1990s and early 2000, and helped snow-blow and hot mop in order to make ice for all user groups when the weather permitted. Andrei also helped build the new rink by drilling holes in the concrete to fasten down the new boards and glass. He also enlisted his sons to help wheelbarrow sand into the rink and cover the tubes that would eventually hold the ice.
The last three winters, Andrei spent many hours using his plow truck and own gas money to plow our parking lot. Andrei liked hockey and was seen at many of our games, from Mites to high school. He was always a supportive parent and will be missed. He leaves a big void that will be hard for us to fill with the dedication and volunteerism he provided.
Thank you Andrei, you are missed by many in our organization.
Tim Stage,
HHA board member
On behalf of Homer Hockey Association

Stop the madness

The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development group, funded with public money, held an “Economic Development Forum” last week. On the agenda were Enstar, Buccaneer, Pebble and Donlin Gold. All corporate, extractive development proponents funded by big international banks.
In the 1970s, I lived in Denmark. There was a school there at the time, a folk high school for people in their late teens and 20’s. They needed to power their residential school. The teachers of that school pooled their salaries, lived at the school and spent the coming semester researching and building a windmill with the students. They built what was at the time the largest windmill in the world. It powered the school with excess for the community. None of them knew much about wind power when they started. Their minds, industry and money were free to apply to the project.
This gas “bridge” from the oil economy to the sustainable economy is a lie created by the petrochemical industry to squeeze the last bit of servitude and profits from our sheep-like population. Homer does not have to go this route. Homer has smart people, industrious people and enough energy and access to technology now to turn on a dime and get this sustainable power job done now.
We are sheep. We are being ripped off and we just want to believe what we are told and go about business as usual asleep at the wheel. Gas lines are too expensive for an energy resource that is, and should be, on the wane. They will get us hooked up and then the “shortages” will ensue and the price will go up. How many times does this have to happen? Gas is not inexpensive, it’s completely subsidized. It is not clean. Talk to the people of North Dakota and ask how careful has the industry been with them. Talk to the survivors of Superstorm Sandy, many who lost homes due to gas line explosions and ensuing fires.
Locally, we have wind, water, tides, rocket-stove technology, geothermal and solar. There is local money and industrious smart people. We don’t need extractive corporate development funded by bank criminals. Occupy Economic Development! Occupy the Economic Forum. Stop this madness here.
Jessica Tenhoff

Bigs and Littles make friends for life

This being Big Brother/Big Sister month, I thought I would express my thoughts about this wonderful program. I wasn’t sure at first if I was right for it, but was quickly assured that age didn’t matter. I just needed the time and desire to spend time with a child.
I met Benson eight years ago when he was in grade school. When he was little, I would arrive at school during his lunch hour and have lunch at the table where he and his friends sat. I always arrived with my pockets full of chips, candy, etc. That was always a hit with Benson and his friends.
At some point, we decided to broaden our horizons and try going to the Pier Theatre, and then a fancy restaurant.
We could go get ice cream after each activity, and Benson would always order an ice cream, but he would never eat it. I asked him about this one day, and he told me his little sister and brother were always at home waiting to share his ice cream with him. At that moment, I knew Benson was a special young man with a kind heart.
Eight years went by fast and he’s a senior this year. He’s on his own, trying to make ends meet and still attend school. He walks two miles everyday to attend school. He’s planning to attend college at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College after high school.
I plan to stay in contact with Benson as he goes into adulthood. The Big Brother/Big Sister program enriched my life. And the best part is, I have a friend for life.
Kathy Johnson

What’s the link?

All I seem to read about lately is mental patients and firearms. How did these two become so entwined?
Here’s some history: In the 1980s, a conservative Congress took Reagan’s promise to cut federal spending literally by passing a bill that said in essence, “No citizen may be committed to a mental institution against their will.” The effect was two-pronged in nature.
One, it saved billions of healthcare funding and two, within weeks, our cities were inundated with tens of thousand of ex-mental patients sleeping in cardboard boxes, under bridges and begging for money on every corner. Many had the unfettered ability to purchase guns.
Put this together with the thousands of families now who cannot afford treatment for their members today, and you have a recurring community nightmare.
We cannot keep ourselves safe. Safety must be paid for, just as police and fire protection — with tax dollars. The world our kids now live in demands it. Mr. and Mrs. Legislator, throw out this law.
John A. Anderson

Andersen brought inspiration

We really enjoyed having Matt Andersen come in and sing to us. He inspired many of the students here at the Flex High School.
We would like to thank Gail Edgerly, from the Homer Council on the Arts for bringing him in. He was very skilled with the guitar, and many of us had a lot of questions. He answered them with interesting and thoughtful responses.
We look forward to another adventurous guest to come in and enlighten us some more. Thank you.
Samantha Inman
and the Flex Inhabitants

Flex students thank HCOA

We would like to thank the Homer Council on the Arts for bringing Matt Andersen to Homer Flex High School on Monday, Jan. 14. The students were very surprised at how good he was singing and playing music on his guitar. The students loved it. Thanks!
Elaina Powell
Homer Flex High School

Andersen is ‘treat to the ears’

Flex students greatly enjoyed the opportunity to listen to Matt Andersen. Our thanks to the Homer Council on the Arts. Mr. Andersen’s voice was so raw and unique. It was a real treat to the ears.
Bringing in such a great artist was a real mood booster for all of the students here at Flex. Our gratitude toward the Homer Council on the Arts is tremendous. We cannot express in enough words how much we enjoyed and how thankful we were to experience Matt Andersen. With thanks.
Meghan Stanish
Flex Student

Donation helps to ‘Raise a Reader’

The Raise-a-Reader® program sponsored by the Homer Homemakers FCE will be able to continue providing books to area newborns and their families at the South Peninsula Hospital because of the kind and generous donation of $500 from Commander Turner, Adjutant Clarke, and membership of American Legion, General Buckner, Post 16 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16.
We also wish to thank Sandy Stark for her promotion of this program to your organization. We appreciate the support American Legion Post 16 provides for families toward literacy in our community. On behalf of our membership, thank you.
Deborah Lee Townsend
Homer Homemakers
Family Community Education

Fascist corruption alive and well

The United States is on the road to recovery from 30 years of Bush and Reagan. Except for having the airports in Anchorage and Washington, D.C. named for two of the worst hardcore fascist criminals of the 20th century, and the five-fascist justice majority U.S. Supreme Court, Bush-Reagan fascism is receding into history. At the state level, however, fascist corruption is alive and well.
In Alaska, we have Gov. “Capt. Zero” and Congressman “Major Disaster” leading the way back to the bad old days of fascist corruption exemplified by Ted Stevens and the Corrupt Bastard’s Club being bought and paid for by Bill Allen and “Big Oil.”
The major fascist propaganda organizations i.e., the NRA, Murdoch’s FOX network, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the RNC, Tea Party, fascist talk radio, etc. continue to spew their big lies. They have unlimited funding from anonymous big-money sources, thanks to the fascist majority Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision.
If that can be corrected, fascist corruption at the state level may dry up as well.
Frank Vondersaar

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2 Responses for “Letters – Feb. 6”

  1. wake up says:

    “We are sheep. We are being ripped off and we just want to believe what we are told and go about business as usual asleep at the wheel. Gas lines are too expensive for an energy resource that is, and should be, on the wane. They will get us hooked up and then the “shortages” will ensue and the price will go up.”

    Exactly, and while we ‘run out’ , Conoco is selling Buccaneer’s gas to Japan, and using it as an excuse to give them water rights to them over Alaskans that have lived here for generations.

    Conoco’s plant in Nikiski is the only one with the permit allowed to sell to Japan, who is paying double what anyone else will. So there is a mad dash to get as much as possible as fast as possible, as they will eventually allow exports from the lower 48.

    But even Japan has come up with a faster, cheaper way to build the gas lines, but the state is not listening. Because gas lines are the new railroads, the more they build, the more they make.

    The in state gas line was recently altered to ship less gas with industry standards pipes at a much cheaper cost. The price will remain the same.

    There is money to be made in the building of the gas lines alone, and Parnell will give away our entire state treasury if we don’t wake up fast.

    Just last September he traveled on the state dime for Conoco

    “Gov. Sean Parnell is in Asia, seeking to drum up support for Alaska natural gas.
    It is Parnell’s second state-sponsored overseas trip as governor”

    Parnell really needs to be recalled, we should not have to put up with this level of blatant shameless corruption.

  2. Homer Prevention Project Ads says:

    My fourth grader didn’t use to know he could get high with whipped cream cans, but she does now! Thanks Homer Prevention Project!

    I don’t know where to post this, but it recently came to my attention that the Homer Prevention Project is finally doing something with the million dollar grant, printing huge ads in the paper with household products kids can use to get high.

    This benefits the paper $$ with state funding, but that is about it.

    When you print a large ad with a Whip Cream can telling kids/parents NOT to do something, it has the effect of ‘Don’t think of a pink elephant’ Did you think of a pink elephant? See how that works?

    Any psychologist with the slightest bit of training or intelligence would know that educating children on the drugs they might find around the house to get high on, is probably not a good idea.

    Someone please stop this mindless organization and their absurd slush fund from wasting our state funds and teaching our children horrible things?

    Homer was given one million dollars to do something to prevent teen drinking, so they are encouraging them to do household products instead? Brilliant.

    I thought a better use of that money would be to actually do something for young people in town, to redirect.

    In the psychology classes that I took in college, we were taught when confronted with a problem, you redirect the energy to something more positive.

    One million dollars would provide a very nice space in town for teenagers to do productive and safe activities late at night and on weekends.

    Where did Esther Hammerschlag go to college? Because she is making $180,000 per year and the only thing she can think of is educating children how to find drugs.

    Last year, 30,000 was spent on ‘solutions’ of which they have none.

    Can anyone else in this town please CARE about this issue? That is our money for our youth- WAKE UP HOMER!

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