Letters to the Editor – October 16

Volunteers are first line of defense
Due to the close observation of community monitors and Kachemak Bay residents, two “blooms” of plankton were detected this summer that could have impacted water quality and the organisms living in Kachemak Bay.
The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve would like to extend their appreciation to our dedicated team of community monitors and residents who volunteer their time to observe and document changes in Kachemak Bay.
Acting as a first line of defense, these folks are helping us recognize when bloom events are happening so they can be analyzed for any potentially harmful effects. These committed volunteers collect water and plankton samples, which are brought to our office for analysis. Other volunteers also help to count and identify plankton or monitor for potential marine invasive species in Kachemak Bay.
Having dedicated community monitors scattered around the Bay enables residents to effectively collaborate with agencies – such as the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve – to track and respond to environmental issues of community concern.
If you would like to join in becoming a community monitor for Kachemak Bay, please contact us at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve at 235-4799.
Terry Thompson
Reserve manager

Films inspire Flex students
Flex students and staff give a sincere thank you to the Homer Theatre for inviting us to watch the Documentary Film Festival free-of-charge.
Students are truly grateful for the opportunity to watch the films because they felt they were shown inspirational stories and eye-opening accounts such as “One Track Heart” and “Dirty Wars.”
The Documentary Film Festival is a great way for students to learn, and we thank you for the opportunity to learn this way. Furthermore, it’s people like you at the Homer Theatre who show what true generosity is.  So again we say, thank you.
Maria Kulikov
On behalf of Homer Flex School

Bunnell celebrates Wolfe’s legacy
With an outpouring of generosity, the ArtRageous Gaye-La! event celebrated Gaye Wolfe, an artist-hero of our community, and the gifts she leaves behind.
Heartfelt thanks to Charlie Wolfe and Sam Smith for donating Gaye’s amazing artwork to a silent auction in support of the arts advocacy, education and presentation efforts of Bunnell Street Arts Center. Board president Rika Mouw installed the exhibit beautifully with the assistance of Carla Cope, Michael Walsh and Brianna Allen.
Kammi Matsen designed an enticing online gallery, and special thanks go to Maura’s Cafe, The Grog Shop and Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge for contributing outstanding food, flowers and beverages.
Ann-Margret Wimmerstedt, Aimee Sulczynski and Brianna Allen added sparkle and sizzle to the decor, and everyone enjoyed a serving of feathers and sequins.
Bunnell board members Aimee, Carla, Carol Swartz and Dave Ecwert staffed the event with style. Thank you Michael and Brianna for volunteering to serve beverages, and Dave for DJ’ing. Musicians Sunrise, Lindianne, David Grimes, Mavis Muller, Sally O and Mary Jane Shows serenaded us in true Gaye-la style, and all joined in for a final Wolfe howl.
We especially thank board members Erin Hollowell and Rika Mouw for expertly organizing and envisioning the event. Several lovely, original works of art are still available for purchase, from small prints at $10 to framed monoprints at $50. Please stop by Bunnell to see these gems and support Gaye’s legacy.
Asia Freeman and Adele Groning
Bunnell Street Arts Center

Hospice thankful for Fun Run help
On behalf of Hospice of Homer, I want to warmly thank all the generous businesses and individuals who supported the second-annual Hospice of Homer, All-Ages Summer Fun Run.
The sun coming out at the last minute and the enthusiastic participation of all the strollers, walkers and runners made the un a huge success.
Thank you: The Bear Creek Winery for providing their lovely space for celebrating the end of the run and for their specially prepared wine, Compassion Cabernet Sauvignon, which was labeled for the event and is still available for purchase, Kachemak City and City of Homer for the signs, water jugs, barriers, etc., Printworks, Two Sisters for the delicious, decorated celebratory cake, Paul Gregoire for use of the canopy and Hospice volunteers Charlie Gibson, Vanessa Bale and friend.
For all those runners, want-to-be runners, and ramblers of all ages who could not make this year’s run, be sure to watch for the third-annual Hospice of Homer All-Ages Summer Fun Run next August. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to participate and support Hospice.
If you are interested in volunteering, making a donation or learning more about HOH, please contact us at 235-6899.
Darlene Hilderbrand
Executive director

Help rebuild fire victims’ home
The Afonasiev family lost a son in the fire that burned down their home in Nikolaevsk Village on Oct. 3. The family had no house insurance, so the fire took everything.
If you would like to help, a Wells Fargo account has been set up to help the family rebuild or purchase something to live in and help purchase everyday living items. All donations are tax deductible. (Account No. 6402637687).
If you have any questions, please call Fenya (daughter) at 235-1489. Thank you.
Fenya Basargin

Fish fry thanks
On Oct. 5, the Anchor Point Senior Center held a community fish fry with all benefits going to the United Way. We would like to thank the following who were so kind and generous to donate the fish: Pacific Star Seafoods (Kim Partridge) 50 pounds of red salmon; Icicle Seafoods (Duff Hoyt) 50 pounds of black cod; Chuck and Susan King 30 pounds of halibut; Don and  Jean Mack 10 pounds of halibut.
Without this donated fish, we would not have been able to have a successful fish fry. If there is anyone I missed, or I have the amount wrong, I do apologize, and I do thank you. A big thank you goes out to members of the community who attended, we hope to see you next year. United Way has helped the Anchor Point Senior Center and many others in our community and this is our way of saying thank you and giving back.
Maureen Tracy,  APSCI  board of directors

Codependency no more …
I, for one, am in support of the government sundown and against raising the debt ceiling.
In truth, 83 percent of the government is still functioning (including parts that I would like to see shut down – like NSA and TSA).
We have become dependent on the government teat so that we can not withdrawal from the addiction. We think that, without government handout and jobs, we can’t function. We have a debt that is mathematically impossible for us to ever even pay the interest on.
We’ve created jobs from borrowed money. So do we borrow more and more money to speed the money printing press to make our dollar worth less (inflation)? A growing bubble has to pop again – eventually. Should we prolong our illusion of prosperity or face and fix our dilemma? We’ve created jobs on borrowed money, how can we terminate without pain?
The Democrats and the GOP are two wings of the same bird; a bird that has gone from a proud and independent species, to scavenger carrion.
Obama-care, despite the appearance of being humanitarian and our saving grace, massively further opens doors to government intrusion, invasion of privacy and dependance (with IRS and big insurance companies to make matters worse).
There will be increasing health care needs due to rising cancer, diabetes and autism rates, but there must be another way.
I don’t have all the answers. It’s a military tactic to assure opposition that “you are not being attacked” as you are attacked.
Rev. Richard Olson

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