Letters – Feb. 5

Schools are for learning

The education system has adequate funding in Alaska. The Alaska school system spends millions of dollars in taxpayer money annually on non-classroom instruction such as football, soccer, baseball, tennis, swimming and hockey, etc. As well as huge outputs for sport equipment, coaches and their staff. These non-classroom activities should be paid for by the private sector such as pop warner football, little league baseball, community soccer leagues, tennis clubs, etc. – not by the taxpayers in our communities.
Until we get our priorities in order there will never be enough educational funds for our schools, especially in regard to the majority of students who are not athletically inclined and have no wish to be groomed, athletically for college or professional sports associations in the future.
Put our tax money into classroom instruction, not toward a minority of students whose moms and dads dream of Olympic Gold, or superbowl victories for the chosen few.
John A. Anderson
Kenai

ERA delivers

Once again, thank you Era Alaska for bringing quality performance to Homer. Lunasa, claimed to be the, “hottest Irish band on the planet,” lands in Homer Feb. 8, for a performance at the Mariner Theatre. They will follow up on Sunday with public workshops and an outreach performance at the Senior Center.
When Homer Council on the Arts found out about the band’s travel plans in Alaska, it was obvious that driving was not going to work. It is so hard for visitors to understand the distances and weather conditions we deal with. (Although the roads are certainly better here than in the Lower 48 these days!) So we asked Era for help, and once again, they saved the day. Thank you ERA. For information about Lunasa and the workshops, call HCOA 235-4288 or visit www.homerart.org.
Gail Edgerly
Executive director
Homer Council on the Arts

Successful food drive

Hockey bags are big. They hold a lot of gear. You could fit a whole person in one of those things, so imagine how many groceries it would take to fill not only one, but three of them. We found out recently.
The Brown Bears of Kenai came down to Homer to play some exhibition games, and brought three hockey bags full of food along. They didn’t bring the food for themselves – they donated it to the Homer Food Pantry. Their program has a priority of helping communities to be better places.
Our local hockey teams rose to the challenge and collected 15 boxes of food to add to the bounty. It didn’t stop there. They also held a raffle, where more than $200 in proceeds was also donated.
Much thanks to all those big-hearted athletes, as well as their friends and families. I trust you are able to imagine the satisfaction we have being able to distribute that food, and the gratefulness of the clients. Many of them don’t have the means to go buy even a small bag of groceries for themselves or their family.
A special thanks to Shelly Laukitis, Homer Hockey Association and Kevin Bell Arena for coordinating all of it.
Ruth Dickerson
For the Homer Food Pantry

Selfless act

At a recent meeting of the Homer Foundation, attendees chose the Homer Food Pantry as the recipient of their “People’s Choice $500 Award.” Our project? To bless the hands that serve — in particular, a couple of older men who incur travel costs and give generously of their time despite their own struggles.
Our janitor is an unassuming guy who always has a good attitude and pleasant demeanor. It was a joy to tell him that the choice was to bless him by sponsoring his paycheck for three months.
Harry: “Really? That’s cool. What made them do that?”
Me: “I told them that, come the end of every Monday, you transform what looks like the scene of a food fight back into a church. I think they were impressed, just like we are.”
Harry: “Well, you know I would do it for nothing, just to help you guys, But, it will help me buy some feed for my geese.”
Thank you Homer Foundation. What a pleasure to distribute these funds.

Ruth Dickerson
Homer Food Pantry

Wishes do come true

To my lack of knowledge, there is little advertising or awareness of a sad, horrific irony that should be common sense. Our state’s conundrum is that its coffers rely on 85 percent on extraction of fossil fuels. Oh, goody, goody! The Arctic ice is disappearing (along with other alarming climate ramifications) leaving more area ripe for drilling. But why is the ice thawing? Because of the burning of fossil fuels. It’s all about money: more jobs, better economy, “better future” – as we’re told ad nauseam by oil companies and politicians. This short-sighted attitude will increasingly bite Alaskans and all people. Be careful what you wish for.
Rosie Tupper

My beautiful baby boy

I wanted to take a moment to thank some very important people to me.  A year ago I was bringing my first child into the world.  As a new mom in a relatively new town, I was incredibly nervous.  The staff at South Peninsula Hospital did such an amazing job in taking care of me and my son.  Thank you Sonja from Homer Midwives for taking an extra shift to be with me and hold my hand through one of my worst times.  Thank you Dr. Bell and Dr. Roberts from Homer Medical Clinic for being amazing on-call staff doctors that really set my mind at ease and guided me through my four days in the hospital.  
And lastly, I would like to thank the surgical team for helping bring my son Jonathan into the world.  I had the staff call Dr. Hough very late at night, he was just about to go to bed, but as he told me later, he knew that I might need him.  Thanks to his amazing skills I barely have a scar after my emergency c-section.  Dr. Hough brought my son into the world at 12:36 a.m. on Feb. 5, 2013.  Thank you, Dr. Hough, for being such a gifted surgeon and a man of your word.
Jessica Anne Williams

Ski trails are for everyone

The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club would like to thank the Jenson, Willow, Schroer and Lentfer Funds, all donor advised funds at the Homer Foundation, for the generous support provided for the purchase of new grooming equipment for the ski club. The money provided by this grant was used to help fund the purchase of a new Polaris ATV with tracks from Homer Saw and Cycle in Homer.
This equipment is now being used to groom and maintain the ski trails at the Lookout Mountain cross country ski area. This tracked ATV is replacing an older snowmachine. In addition to providing a versatile alternative to a snowmachine for grooming the ski trails in the winter, it can be used for increased mowing and maintenance in the summer and fall. It will increase the ability of the club to provide the grooming necessary for the excellent skiing residents of Homer as well as winter visitors have come to expect.
The trails maintained by KNSC provide cross country skiing opportunities for all, from beginning skiers to experienced racers. We invite everyone to come out and experience the excellent groomed trails that our volunteers are able to provide with the help of the equipment obtained through projects such as this.
Richard Burton
Treasurer, KNSC

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