President Obama’s Footprint

A friend said to me one day last winter, “Are you a denier? A climate-change denier?” A little puzzled I said, “No. I think it’s changing. If you’re asking if I think we are directly changing it,  then yes, I’m a denier I guess.” From where I’m sitting now, drinking my coffee and cogitating the carbon […]

Opportunity to read, explore and create

As September rolls in, local families are settling back into the rhythm of the school year. Summer vacation went by quickly — especially at the Homer Public Library. Each summer, the library hosts Summer@HPL; a robust, informal learning program for kids and teens. On one hand, it’s designed to reduce “summer slide,” the tendency for […]

Letters -Sept. 2

Stock in the Alaska LNG line Walker wants to buy out State’s partner in LNG project (Alaska Dispatch News, Aug. 25, 2015) With an ever-increasing budget deficit in the State’s future, we want to spend $100 million in taxpayer money to own a piece of the LNG line? At 79 years old and on a […]

Investors can learn much from the American workforce

We’re getting close to Labor Day, a celebration of the men and women who roll up their sleeves and go to work each day. If you’re in the workforce yourself, you can appreciate this recognition of your efforts. And as an investor, you can employ these attributes of the American worker: • Organization: The most […]

There are no secrets to investment success

Many people look for the “secrets” to investment success. Is it timing the market just right? Is it finding those hot stocks or getting in on the “ground floor” of the next big thing? Actually, these types of moves have little relevance to the vast majority of investors — even the most successful ones. So let’s take a look at some steps you can take that can be effective in helping you work toward your financial goals.

How we can use soil as a source of hope, life and economy

As long as our planet is in one piece — with water and an atmosphere — we earthlings have life and hope. We can turn around global warming. What makes this possible is our planetary soils; our planet’s true source of wealth.
Humanity currently burns huge quantities of fossil fuels, primarily to generate electricity, secondarily to transport goods and people. Burning fossil fuels generates carbon dioxide. Earth’s atmosphere can hold only a limited quantity of carbon dioxide before the carbon dioxide starts dissolving into the oceans and causing ocean acidification.

Consensus not easy, but the right thing to do

According to a recent news article, it appears the light bulb has gone on and change is afoot. Apparently, the makers of ordinance 15-29 — which intends to prevent all vehicles on all city-owned beaches in Homer — have realized that it is, in fact, true that a “prescriptive easement” to the west of Bishops Beach toward Anchor Point can’t be redacted.
As stated recently, this revelation is one that the first Beach Policy Task Force had in 2001.
I’d like to share a little history for the sake of clarity and continuity. Below is the introductory paragraph submitted with the “Beach Policy Task Force Results,” May of 2001.

Neurotoxin in giant algal bloom has Alaska researchers on alert

An enormous algal bloom containing domoic acid, a potentially fatal neurotoxin that shut down dungeness crab and razor clam fisheries in Washington state this summer, has spread to Alaska waters. But dozens of shellfish samples taken since the bloom appear to contain only trace amounts of the substance, state scientists said this week.

Community news – Aug. 12

It is time to ‘Meet your Teacher’ West Homer Elementary School will host a “Meet Your Teacher” event 2:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the school. Seaman hosts another ‘Chef at the Market’ On Saturday join Bette Seaman, registered dietitian/nutritionist from South Peninsula Hospital, for “Fun Ways to Make Market Veggies Last All Year.” Bette will […]

Council begins work on cannabis regulation

The Homer City Council this week was briefed on the complicated world of cannabis legislation as the state and regional municipalities try to sort out how to regulate the recently-legalized substance.
City Attorney Holly Wells told the council they must align their regulations so that they do not conflict with federal laws. Under federal laws, marijuana use is still illegal, but the state legalized the substance last fall, creating a complicated situation for both municipalities writing laws regulating commercial growing and sale of the substance as well as those involved in the industry.
Wells told the council, for example, that commercial growers and sellers of marijuana in the state could not use banks to get loans or even write checks with money earned through the sale of marijuana. Therefor, she said, it is an entirely cash-based business.

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