Reconsider museum funds
The city of Homer runs a library and community recreation program that needs more money for their worthwhile and appreciated programs; money the city says it does not have.
Yet, the 2014 budget again contains $66,500 for the Pratt Museum. The city agreed in 1967 to maintain the museum if, for any reason, it ceased to exist under its own management.
For 46 years, the museum has used this agreement as a special invitation to receive operating funds from the city. In the early days, the museum helped the city entertain visiting dignitaries and allowed the city to hold meetings in its facility when there was no room in the small city office across the road. The 1967 agreement even provides that the city may use the museum auditorium for council chambers.
Times have changed. The museum is flourishing and the city has its own facilities.
The city should confine its expenditures to its own responsibilities; $66,500 would be a big help for the library and community recreation program.
An audiological angel among us
I would like to voice my opinion of, and express my gratitude to, a lady who performs a great service to Homer. I am referring to Susan Bunting, the audiologist who operates the East End Road speech and hearing clinic known as “Hear Say.”
Susan helps a broad span of people from the very young, to the older generation, who have speech or hearing difficulties. Susan must be one of the most patient people on earth. I can’t imagine trying to keep a small child’s attention during a therapy session. I know she has worked hard and diligently with me just to get my hearing aids finally adjusted so I can hear.
If you should need hearing aids, she will tell you just what you should have, what will or won’t work best for you, and won’t try to sell you something you can’t use or don’t need.
If Susan should decide to move to another city someday, citizens here will experience a great loss. I, for one, don’t know what I would have done over the past few years if she had not been here for me. And I know I am not alone, just think of the small children she has helped.
Susan is a true and caring professional. I hope she is here for a long time to come.
Nick the Greek says ‘thanks’
To the numerous friends (too many to name) responsible for awarding us the sweet vacation, I wish to say thank you. It was what we needed, and we were able to bring our granddaughter Jenna (Popi) along with us. Needless to say, it was all fabulous.
The first stop was to Arizona to see our son and granddaughter reunite. What a reunion Jenna had with her daddy, with many hugs and kisses. That meant so much to all of us. It was great.
The last stop was Las Vegas. Thanks to Hillary Arwen for making the perfect hotel reservation at the Circus Circus Hotel. On the second floor was the largest indoor Adventure Dome Theme park of its kind, with 25 different rides.
Most of all, thanks to all those who believe 20 years of hard work has its rewards. Devotion to customers, friendship, good deeds and kindness does pay off in the most unexpected and surprising ways.
This good deed will never be forgotten. Thanks again, Homer, and to all the loyal and generous friends who made it happen.
Nick and Toy Bairamis
Many benefit from grants
Pier One Youth/Teen Theatre is proud to acknowledge a most generous grant from the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown and Rotary District 5010. The funds specifically supported our Tuition Assistance program, which is designed to fulfill our objective that no student should be denied the opportunity to participate in a theatre program for financial reasons.
More than a dozen Homer-area youth benefitted from this grant. Thanks.
Lance Petersen for
Pier One’s Youth/Teen Theatre
Halloween Hustle thank yous
On Sunday, Oct. 27, several dozen competitors braved the wind and rain to compete in the Halloween Hustle. A medley of running and biking races, the Hustle, jointly hosted by the Kachemak Bay Running Club and the Homer Cycling Club, was a celebration of the future of trails in the Homer area.
Running or biking one mile loops on the newly cut trail at the Diamond Creek Recreation Area, costumed competitors jockeyed for position through sloppy mud and muck, smiling all the while. The rain, which had been persistent for days before, let up just enough for us to keep a fire going so volunteers, spectators, and racers alike could keep warm. As with any event, it took a small army of willing volunteers to pull it off.
Thanks to all of you who helped organize, set-up, manage traffic, take registrations, keep time, stoke the fire, and provided hot food for the masses. Thanks also to Rob Drye and Kathy Boyle of Kachemak Emergency Services for volunteering their Sunday morning and early afternoon, ready to provide first aid which was thankfully not needed.
Thanks to Moore and Moore services for providing a porta-potty, Cycle Logical for providing shelter from the rain, and K-Bay Caffe for hot coffee. Thanks also Homer Saw and Cycle and Bob Cat Services for their willingness to provide dirt work for the event and for future trail building endeavors.
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteer trail builders who put in well over 200 hours to establish the .7-mile, yet-to-be-named demonstration trail at DCRA. We’ve set the precedent and shown the demand for more biking, hiking and running trails. Let’s keep the wheel rolling!
Practice what you preach
Governor Sean Parnell has raised the banner of “Choose Respect” many times since he became governor, but yet he chooses to not respect the wisdom of two unbiased, thorough studies.
The first study on expanding Medicaid coverage for Alaskans was done by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The 38-page study noted that 41,500 individuals presently not insured would be eligible for coverage, (15,700 of those would be Alaska Natives). The expansion would create approximately 3,500 new jobs by 2017.
Between the years 2014 and 2020, the cost to the state would be $90.7 million. However, the state would receive $1.1 billion in federal funds — which more than offsets any cost to the state.
The second study was conducted by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. The cost savings achieved by having more Alaskans insured would allow those presently uninsured access to preventive care, (a major cost savings) and decrease the demand for emergency room medical service, (the most expensive care).
This shifts the cost of unpaid bills into higher premiums for those Alaskans fortunate enough to have medical coverage.
Gov. Parnell, heed your own advice, “Choose Respect.” Listen to the wisdom from The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.
Miso offsets radiation poisoning
The Pacific Ocean is slowly being poisoned by the ongoing flow of water used to cool Fukushima’s injured nuclear reactors.
Fish near Fukushima are heavily radioactive, while Alaska fish are lightly radioactive; all ocean life was faintly radioactive prior to Fukushima due to decades of nuclear testing.
The solution to radiation poisoning is miso soup. When the atom bomb hit Nagasaki, there was a macrobiotic hospital a mile from the epicenter. All of the hospital’s neighbors died from radiation sickness, but everyone in the hospital survived because doctors, patients, staff and nurses were eating miso soup three times a day.
Miso contains live cultures that remove poisons from the body. Miso paste is a delicious salty grain or bean fermentation. Soy, wheat, rice, barley, hemp seed and chick pea miso are common.
Making miso requires the aging of grains or beans, sea salt, water, and a culture of micro-organisms in barrels for six months to two years.
Miso paste is alive. Add miso to your soup after you turn off the flame. This preserves the living micro-organisms that protect your health.
Alaska could produce miso. Alaska grown barley miso or hemp seed miso, produced in quantity, could protect the Alaska population from future contaminated fish.
To learn more about miso production, Alaska entrepreneurs could invite a miso-maker to Alaska and hold a workshop for chefs, entrepreneurs and health organizations. Schools, assisted living centers and soup kitchens could greatly improve the health of the Alaska population just by adding miso to soups.
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