Letters – April 3

Start conversations with emerging leaders

People all over Alaska are talking about the brain drain and how to pass the torch to the next generation. Emerging young leaders are furthering their education, establishing careers, opening businesses and starting families.
We’re busy, but we care about your community and want to have a role in shaping its future. Come help define a vision for the Homer community. Identify activities and training to support your generation of leaders. This event is aimed at forming a network of individuals capable of leading our region forward — one community, one young professional at a time. This is an incredible opportunity to network with each other and lift our community higher. 
A free, facilitated dialogue will take place at Bunnell Street Arts Center 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. April 13. Bring your lunch, and RSVP by calling 235-2662.
Brianna Allen

Don’t rely on industry to protect resources

We Alaskans have to put fish first when it comes to keeping water in our streams clean. Salmon are vital to the state’s economy and they define who we are as Alaskans. We Alaskans have a right to participate in decisions that affect our salmon.
Coal strip-mining through wild salmon streams would set a horrible precedent for Alaska. 
The loss of Coastal Zone Management Process and DNR gutted the ability of citizens to seek water reservations to protect fish. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game must provide stronger protection and allow more input from citizens.
These changes provide the predictable, consistent rules industry, and citizens alike expect much from the management of our world class salmon fisheries.
Gov. Parnell has repeatedly said he will never trade one resource for another. Banning coal strip-mining through wild salmon streams would allow the state’s policy to now be in line with the governor’s promises.
Despite the economic importance of salmon to Alaska economies, cultures and ways of life, there is no law in Alaska that bans the complete removal of a salmon stream. Instead, the decision is left to the discretion of state agency personnel during the fish habitat process.

We cannot rely on industry to protect our resources, as they are only interested in money, and usually just for the short term.

Louis Dupree


Best Beginnings survives budget cuts

Cause for celebration: Best Beginnings has been fully funded for another year. I would like to send out thanks to the parents and children who picketed and to those who gave testimony to the finance committee. You impressed upon them the importance of early childhood education and family-support programs. Your voices were heard.
Our thanks also go to Sen. Anna Fairclough and the Senate Finance Committee for supporting preventative efforts such as high-quality preschools, parenting classes and training for child care providers. The Week of the Young Child will be celebrated in Homer April 15-19. Look for family friendly activities, workshops and opportunities to let us know what you would like the Best Beginnings Homer collaborative group to focus on in the next few years.
Lolita Brache
Best Beginnings, co-chair

Early release of prisoners will cost millions

Juneau’s conservative message is to cut government spending. It was never louder than in the Reagan years. When the president signed a bill into law that said, essentially, “No person shall serve more than 10 years in a federal prison for a non-violent crime,” soon, every city in the United States was crawling with newly released drug addicts and dealers who were rapidly back into business as usual on the streets and in our schools.
Rep. Seaton’s push of SB56 is not only headed in the wrong direction, but also a real danger to our children and community at large. Yes, do the math; protection of our communities costs real dollars. What are the billions of oil surplus dollars in the general fund, emergency budget reserve and hundreds of millions in the accounts of A.H.F.C. and others for? Are they for oil company tax breaks, or the protection of our communities? The early release of these criminals will cost millions above the cost of keeping them incarcerated as this conservative bill refuses to see.
John A. Anderson
Kenai

Choose carefully on HEA ballot

Ballots for the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors election were mailed to HEA members on April 1. Please don’t throw yours in the trash. Decisions made by the HEA board determine much more than our electric rates. The types and location of generation, transmission and distribution projects approved have far-reaching consequences for communities, local economies and the environment.
It’s important that we all vote for people who will represent us effectively.
HEA Members Forum participants recommend re-electing Bill Fry to his District 3 seat (Kasilof to Homer and the Kachemak Bay Area). During his first full term as a director, Bill has served HEA members well. He has proven to be conscientious and willing to do his homework to obtain a sound understanding of issues before the board. Bill is an independent thinker, but seems willing to listen and incorporate what others have to say into his deliberations. Perhaps most importantly, he is committed to upholding the seven cooperative principles which govern all rural electrical co-ops like HEA. Two of these are of particular importance to remember when you cast your vote.
Principle 2: Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by members who actively participate in setting polices and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership.
Principle 7: While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.
Bill Fry deserves your vote for a second full term on the HEA board of directors. Mail-in ballots must be received by HEA no later than April 30. If you miss that deadline, you may also vote at the annual meeting at Kenai Central High on May 1.
Mike O’Meara,
HEA Members Forum spokesman

Thank you for your support

The community of Homer continues to amaze our family with their great generosity and love during this very hard time.
We recently lost our most amazing smile and most magnetic personality with the passing of Karen Flyum. She was our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and “whipper-into-shaper.” Although our hearts will continue to ache at this great loss, we cannot help but be overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for all of us during this incredibly difficult time.
Thank you all for the cards, flowers, food and hugs. A special thanks to the Homer Elks Lodge, Homer Emblem and American Legion memberships for the preparation, coordination and realization of the beautiful service and fantastic food. A sincere thank you also to the Homer Medical Center; especially Dr. Roberts. Thank you to South Peninsula Hospital and Hospice of Homer for all your support in helping Karen and the family through the last few months.
I am so thankful to live in such a great community. Thank you.
Willie Flyum and family

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