A new voice is welcome in Homer

Homer Voice for Business makes valid points at a time when small town economies are shifting to greater self-sustainability. Across the country the move away from bigger outside businesses supplying our material and food needs urges us toward supplying for those needs within our own towns. The advice from numerous social-economic critics is to protect […]

Editorial – September 4

There is little doubt the structure housing the Homer jail and police station is in need of help. The kind of assistance where you walk away and start over again in a new building. The Homer Fire Department structure also holds lamentable inadequacies such as too short ceilings and doors for large fire trucks that […]

Don’t let debt cripple students

Alaskans working through academic schooling or vocational training should not be crippled by debt to better themselves, and in doing so, better our economy. In our state, a debate about student loan rates is going on that parallels the one just resolved in Congress.

‘It’s our oil’ Democracy at work

A dedicated group of Alaskans recently exercised the referendum process created by our state constitution by gathering  50,000-plus signatures to repeal SB21, known as “The Oil and Gas Production Tax.” SB21 proposes to lower the tax big oil companies pay the state, encouraging new oil development in Alaska, according to its sponsors. The Legislature passed […]

With freedom comes responsibility

In a week divided by our nation’s Independence Day, it’s important to take at least a few moments of a hectic summer schedule to remember that, as Americans, we are united by freedom. And not just the obvious freedoms we like to throw around. Ask the average American what freedom means to them, and the […]

Slow down or smell the smoke

It’s ironic that modern technology continues to develop more and more sophisticated ways to save us time, and we choose to use that time to do more and more things.
In a lightning-fast Internet world, the availability of more people, faster communication and higher production capability accelerates our drive to produce more stuff, use more resources and travel further and faster.

We are being ‘eaten alive’

There are approximately 100 mosquito bites from my head to my toes in various stages of development. And, according to most other people I’ve spoken to, they are in the same situation. This year, the buzzing demons are not discriminating. Those who say, “Mosquitos don’t like me; I guess I’m not sweet enough,” are also […]

One mistake does not a terrorist make

There is a long-standing tradition of senior pranks in high school, but how do you teach teens the difference between a funny joke and a felony? The line between harmless prank and criminal activity is a fine one.
I seriously doubt anyone will tell you the decision made by two Homer High School teens last month to use a coffee can, an eraser and a few wires to questionably resemble some sort of incendiary device and leave it in the school stairwell as a prank was a good idea.
Was it harmless? Not entirely. No one was hurt, but students and teachers may have lost some valuable education time — even if it is during the final weeks of the school year. And, who’s to say if the “prank” had any kind of lasting psychological effect on those at the receiving end of it?

Sunshine, moon beams and moose calves

This certainly was a Memorial Day weekend to remember. After one of the coldest springs in memory, Homer was rewarded with a long weekend filled with sunshine during the day and a full moon rising over the Kenai Mountains at night projecting a moon beam across Kachemak Bay. It also seemed cow moose chose this […]

A weekend to remember

Each year, we look forward to Memorial Day Weekend, especially in Homer. Traditionally, it’s a time to plant our flowers, start our gardens and let our sore eyes soak in the warm blue sky and the new, comforting green of the deciduous trees.
We may have to wait a few more weeks before summer makes its way to Homer due to the unseasonably cold weather we’ve been having. But we know it will eventually come. And in spite of the cold, many will still barbecue, go fishing and enjoy the outdoors on this legal holiday; as well we should. But let’s remember why we have this federal holiday.
Memorial Day is a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered and commemorated. It is also the day that red poppies are worn on lapels and the American flag flies proudly on doorsteps.

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