Letters – July 29

Visitors thankful for helpful Homerites I would like to thank those who assisted my wife and I on the 23rd of June. My wife had collapsed on the side of the road going up to the museum. Two four wheel drives stopped and offered help. One with “Dave” I believe and his daughter got us […]

Dear friends and advocates for local youth

On behalf of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic and the R.E.C. Room, I’m thrilled to announce our continuation and expansion of local Alaska Promoting Health Among Teens (AK-PHAT), a comprehensive peer education program that fosters community and individual resiliency.
The PHAT program is an evidence-based, nationally accredited health education curriculum that provides teens with skills to make healthy choices and form positive, safe, and healthy relationships. Its introduction and application in Alaska was made possible through federal funding that supported four PHAT implementation sites across our state from 2011-2015.
Now, thanks to a new three-year grant provided through the State of Alaska Department of Adolescent Health, our Homer-based PHAT team will continue the peer-led program and enhance it by introducing the curriculum in new settings, including schools across the Kenai Peninsula.

Alaskans have nothing against oil; it’s the spill and spin we can’t stand

It’s not often that I read letters to the editor about my columns, but this week was just too good. The president of a oil industry support group – read cheerleader and chief for the rah rah petro club – called my column from a few weeks ago “nonsensical gibberish.”
Sorry, that just made me laugh again. If my writing is so nonsensical, then why do they have to send out a hired gun to say so. I mean, really dear reader, you’d know gibberish if you read it. Right?

Letters – July 22

Rotary inspired I would like to thank the Homer Rotary Club for awarding me a scholarship for the coming school year. Rotary has played an incredibly large role in shaping my life through the years. When I was a sophomore, Rotary helped send me on a 10-month youth exchange to Istanbul, Turkey. My time abroad […]

Taking a step toward talking about abuse in Alaska

I had a conversation with my 7-year-old daughter the other night on one of those long drives that Alaska life is filled with. I decided it was time to talk about what is OK and what isn’t when it comes to other people and your body. It’s not a topic any parent wants to bring up, really. We’d like to think our little boys and girls will live in a bubble, and will never face any type of aggressive behavior, let alone someone trying to abuse them. But that’s not what the statistics show. So, I took a deep breath.
“So, do you know there are places other people shouldn’t touch you?”

New trade pact will give corporations power to define our laws

An obscure and controversial trade bill negotiated by the Obama Administration and pending in Congress poses a direct threat to our democracy and to Alaska’s sovereignty. Unfortunately, our two Senators – Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan – recently voted to “fast track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before anyone knows what’s in it.

Letters – July 15

At what cost? In response to the Tribune’s article about the Homer City Council considering putting up a gate on Bishop’s Beach: It irks me that a handful of “do-gooders” may result in loss of liberty to others.  I have frequented the Homer beaches for nearly 40 years. I don’t recall ever even once having […]

What does it take?

We have waited to write this letter until we heard from the State Medical Examiner and knew the cause of Devin’s death. There have been numerous rumors floating around which is unfair, but human in nature. Devin died of “Cardiac Dysrhythmia of unclear etiology.” The toxicology report only showed signs of the presence of caffeine.

Our new reality: Doing more with less

July marks the beginning of fiscal year 2016; a chance for a new beginning and a fresh start for addressing Alaska’s economic future.
On June 29, I signed into law the budget bills passed by the legislature. For fiscal year 2016, we will spend $1 billion less than we spent last year. This is a 19 percent overall reduction with an average 13.5 percent cut to executive branch agencies, and cuts of more than 30 percent in the Department of Commerce and the Governor’s Office. Even with these reductions, we still have to draw $2.7 billion from savings to make up for state revenue losses caused by low oil prices.

Letters – July 8

KBBI reached out — community responded I’d like to share a positive story about people coming together to support services they consider very important in their lives and communities. Year-round, KBBI public radio provides news, community information, music and — most importantly — timely and accurate information during times of crisis and disaster. Providing these […]

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