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 […]

Library offers ideas for ‘Raising a Reader’

Welcome to Raising a Reader! Each month, this column will feature information to help you include everyday literacy in your family’s daily routine, supporting your young readers. Here are a few tips for raising a reader by reading, talking, playing, singing and writing with your child.

No more corporate welfare for Outside oil companies

“It costs more to get oil out of the ground than they are getting for the oil!”
Rep. Ben Nageak’s aide, Gary Zepp, said this to justify House Resources Committee rejection of cuts to oil company royalty, corporate income tax and production tax breaks proposed by Governor Bill Walker in House Bill 247.

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.

Reports of sandhill crane sightings in Homer

This past February was Alaska’s warmest on record, with the past three months being 10.6 degrees above the long-term three-month average set 92 years ago. Flower bulbs are pushing up, pussy willows have been out since January, local fruit trees are blooming and sandhill cranes are here in Homer; nearly a month earlier than their usual arrival time of mid-April.

Letters – March 16

Alaska: world center of renewable energy? We all know our state is in a budget crisis, and that a lot of effort is being used to solve our money problems. But, I think we need to look at a long-range solution to the problems of an Alaska economy that is too dependent on oil and […]

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