Letters – March 19

Citizen’s Academy an enlightening experience

After attending four sessions of the Homer Citizen’s Academy, my initial impression is that it’s been a wonderful idea.
The department heads have been very cooperative and informative in their presentations, reducing much of the confusion surrounding city administration and functions. I believe that for those of us attending, including councilmember Barbara Howard, who initiated the concept, the academy will be an enlightening experience. 
It’s mystifying, though, why more commissioners, councilmembers, or members of the public haven’t taken advantage of this opportunity.  Several  sessions remain and I suspect a seat is available for you.
Larry Slone 

Daylight Savings Time is not on our side

I couldn’t agree more with “Anne Grylady” in last week’s point of view on daylight savings time.
In this day and age, with such an expansive electronic network, there’s no longer a need for being in a closer time zone for the business community. Especially in Alaska, we don’t need to push daylight later into the evening for our activities in the summer. If we could “bank” that light in the summer to “withdraw” it in the winter, I’d be all for it. But a few decades ago, the majority of Alaskans had trouble doing business with our capital, Juneau, because of the differences in time zones. If I remember correctly, Juneau was on west coast time and central Alaska was on Alaska time, a two-hour difference.
In their infinite wisdom, the Legislature “fixed” the problem by moving most of Alaska and southeast into the Yukon time zone. This put the majority of Alaskans an hour earlier than earth time into political time.
Daylight savings time used to go from April to October. A few years ago, congress expanded it from March to November. Now Alaskans are on political time year-round, being two hours off earth time eight months a year, and one hour off earth time the other four months. We wonder why so many Alaskans are “out of whack.” Could the time zone issue be a contributing factor?
I’d like to see all political time eliminated and fully restore earth time year round. It would be healthier for everyone to live in earth’s natural cycle. There are states and countries that have elected to opt out of this insanity and seem to be doing just fine. The time changes are hard on all ages, the mind and the body. It’s time to eliminate any artificial times.
Thank you, Anne Grylady, for re-opening this discussion. Any other thoughts out there?
Marsha Korpi

With gratitude

On a wintery morning, several members of the Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club and the Homer Community Food Pantry came together to create tastes of summer. Under the direction of Teresa Dubber, these folks gave their time to make delicious batches of strawberry, blueberry and rhubarb jam.
More than 50 jars — a two-month supply — were made for distribution to clients of the Homer Food Pantry. A heart-felt thank you is extended to the Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club members for their time, energy and ongoing commitment to helping feed the hungry folks in our community.
Kudos to those who donate the berries and other jam supplies (including jars and lids). Those donations are always welcome and can be dropped off Monday mornings, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Homer United Methodist Church.
Karen Murdock
Homer Community Food Pantry

Wow what a weekend!

Homer’s Pee Wee hockey team finished their season undefeated. The final game against Juneau left Homer with the State Championship in a 4-1 victory. My unbiased pride has left me smiling, having watched these kids start skating five years ago, holding onto chairs and each other, seeing the parents traveling every weekend to Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks, Kenai, Soldotna, etc, six months out of the year. All I can say is, wow! Kids, you have been exceptional sports. We are proud of you.
John Fenske

How to feed a community

“Alone we can do so little – together we can do so much.”  Helen Keller

What an inspiration our community is to the Homer Community Food Pantry in their generous giving and sharing. We are blessed each week by all the people who walk in with food gifts. We have received food collected by several groups in January and February.
The Kenai River Brown Bear Hockey team and Homer hockey teams collected 15 boxes, as well as contributing financially;
Alaska Bible Institute collected half a pickup full of canned goods; Troop 555 gathered five boxes of food and made a generous financial donation; Homer Middle School brought us 700 cans from their “Share the Love” food drive. This all came in at the low time of the year and was most helpful. Thank you one and all for your efforts.
For the 17th consecutive year, the Feinstein Foundation Giveaway Challenge to Fight Hunger will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting agencies nationwide, using it to help them raise funds during the months of March and April. Their $1 million will be divided proportionately among all agencies with a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000 going to participating agencies. We appreciate that our community has partnered with us for these many years on this particular challenge.
Do you know the difference between a food bank and a food pantry? Pantries distribute food to clients, while banks distribute to pantries —and sometimes clients.
There are five food banks in Alaska: Fairbanks, Mat-Su, Kodiak, Juneau and the Kenai Peninsula. The Food Bank of Alaska in Anchorage partners with retailers, wholesalers, processors and organizations that donate surplus food.
Our Homer Food Pantry is one of 65 member agencies on the peninsula that can get food from Kenai at a minimal cost. With our purchases from them, from our own community (90 percent) and what we purchase locally, we fill our shelves.
This is why we are so grateful to our community for all they do.
Items we need constantly include: fruit, sandwich Ziploc bags, pint-sized tubs, plastic bottles up to 12 ounces and plastic bags.
Looking ahead to spring and summer, we would like to be able to supply tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags to those in need. If you have any you would like to give away, please consider us. They can be dropped off at the pantry tub at the basement entrance to Homer United Methodist Church or just call 235-1968.  
Diana Jeska
HCFP Board Members

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