It’s time to support marijuana establishments in our community

The Kenai Peninsula Borough currently has a review process in place for the licensing of marijuana establishments. It has named the assembly as the local regulatory authority.
When a marijuana licensee provides a completed packet to the state, it will be sent to the borough government for review, first by the planning department and then by the assembly.

No sidelines in climate change fight

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day.
What was intended to be a college campus teach-in, soon spread to every community and city across the United States. It was — and remains — the single largest secular event in history.

Letters – April 13

Bowlers raise $5,000 for BB/BS Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national program that matches youth with positive adult role models, helping them succeed at home, in school and in life. On April 2, we held our annual fundraiser, “Bowl for Kids’ Sake.” We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the more than […]

Dear Alaska Legislators …

As we hope you are aware, stubborn self-reliant farmers and young entrepreneurs from Homer to Sterling to Nikiski and Tyonek are producing more food for citizens of all ages, on all sides of the
political spectrum, with each passing year. At last count, Kenai Peninsula farms produced nearly $2 million in crops and livestock per year, and 34 percent of all Alaska farms producing food for direct sale to consumers were on the Kenai Peninsula.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

The world is full of ordinary people who do ordinary things for others. But when a person does ordinary things for just about everyone he knows out of kindness, generosity, and compassion, that person becomes extraordinary.
Jeff H. Wraley was one of those extraordinary people.

Letters – April 6

Turn spring cleaning into electronics recycling Let us support Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Spenard Builders Supply. This is a wonderful service event sponsored by Cook Inletkeeper. During our spring cleaning, we can dispose of old electronics and keep them out of our waste stream. Electronics […]

Letters – March 30

Time to come back home? Atz, Otto: Please come home. R.E. Azity HYSOC helps kids inspire kids The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club believes kids inspire kids. HYSOC would like to thank the Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee and their generous donors, and the Sheldon Youth -to-Youth Fund for believing in our mission. We received […]

Tower ordinance falls short in protecting Homer citizens

I am writing to address the tower ordinance 14-18(A)(S) currently in front of the Homer City Council. While it is a step in the right direction, it is incomplete and needs additions to fully protect Homer citizens and serve the telecommunications industry.
Some background is in order: The Federal Communications Commission estimated in 2012, that the growth of telecommunications and broadband services will require one tower for every seven people in order to meet demand for services.

Letters – March 23

Voting against SB174 My wife Cathy and I both strongly oppose SB 174. We are both retired and have 78 years of combined Alaska residency. Cathy is a retired Kodiak elementary school principal and I am a retired police officer with 24 years of experience in criminal justice in both Alaska and Oregon. I hold […]

Sex education works to cut STDs, unwanted pregnancies

On March 7, The New York Times reported the unplanned pregnancy rate in the United States had declined to its lowest level in the last three decades. The report is great news for some — and tragic news for others.
The newly reported rates are great news for the reproductive health community, as it shows their efforts to educate Americans about safe sex and effective birth control are yielding positive results. It also furthers the case for keeping the doors open to trusted health providers like Planned Parenthood.

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