‘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.

Go on vacation, in your backyard

With Homer smelling a little sweeter now than it did just a few weeks ago, it’s a sure sign that summer is just around the corner – despite the cold weather, snow flurries, hail and rain.
I think of summer here as if I was on vacation. After all, it lasts about the same length of time – maybe 2-3 weeks. And, while it’s certainly easy to take all Homer has to offer for granted, what if you decided to wake up everyday and think, “I’m on vacation.” You might just find yourself enjoying the Cosmic Hamlet summer to its fullest.

Shorebirds, motherhood: What don’t they have in common?

The annual Kachemak Bay Shore Bird Festival arrives along with Mother’s Day, a coincidental pairing of events that somehow ought to go together. Just as winter is walking away – not fast enough this particular spring – in comes a season of the migrations. Our visitors have endured lengthy flights from thousands of miles. Their […]

Murkowski veteran series worth a look

Sen. Lisa Murkowski features veterans each month as part of a veteran’s history project. This month she featured Homer resident Jim VanOss who hitchhiked to Alaska, helped build the pipeline and raised bison. It’s an interesting project to focus on individuals from across the eras and different wars. Today’s veterans are coming home to an uncertain future, wounded in ways that aren’t soon to heal. By sharing stories across the generations, we can all benefit from new insights and hopefully, find new ways to be supportive of returning veterans.

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