Climate justice for coastal communities

As sea level rises, low-lying coastal communities around the world are facing the prospect of relocation.
Some of these communities are on remote islands that many have never heard of. Others may be familiar to Americans from the west coast of Alaska and Washington state, and from the bayous of Louisiana.
Many of these communities are not what we would consider “developed” and have contributed little to greenhouse gas emissions.
What does this have to do with Paris?

Letters to the Editor – Dec. 2, 2015

What do we deserve? Battle lines are being drawn over the city budget. The cutters and their voting supporters are clamoring for lean and mean, their opponents hoping to maintain a flourishing culture in Homer. This is a tired, old story isn’t it? Let’s look at the cutters’ proposals for the Homer library. One cutter […]

Use petroleum wealth to solve fiscal challenge

A recent op-ed published by both the Alaska Dispatch and the Juneau Empire compared Governor Walker’s fiscal plan with the plan advanced for several years by economist Scott Goldsmith of the Institute for Social and Economic Research. Both plans are based on the reality that doing nothing — continuing the status quo — will guarantee […]

Sen. Gary Stevens Interim Report

About a month and a half remains until legislators head to Juneau for the 2016 session. As is the case every year, the budget will drive much of the discussion next session. In the coming weeks, we will receive the governor’s proposed budget for next year. Due to continued low oil prices, over $1 billion […]

Bunnell, an art force celebrating 24 years

Have you noticed the positive ripple effect the arts are causing in Homer? A thriving arts sector creates ripples of benefits throughout our community. These ripples are shaping Homer like the energetic tides of Kachemak Bay. Bunnell is a powerful creative catalyst, and we’ve been connecting and shaping Alaska’s landscape since 1992. Please invest in our efforts as […]

We’re not bad for using fossil fuels…

… but climate change requires that we change. The experts got it wrong with climate change. Ever since NASA scientist Jim Hansen told Congress in 1988 that climate change posed a serious threat to life on Earth, we’ve been told a lie. The lie is simple and straightforward. It goes like this: you and me […]

Letters to the Editor – Nov. 25, 2015

Save a turkey, eat vegetarian While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life. Here are some good reasons why: • You can brag about pardoning a turkey – like Obama. • You truly […]

Unified effort in Congress protects Alaska’s seafood powerhouse

Alaska is our nation’s seafood powerhouse. With nine of our country’s top-20 fishing ports by volume, we understand the vital role our seafood industry has played in our communities in the past, how important it is now, and how central the industry will be in the future. Protecting and enhancing Alaska’s fisheries is one of […]

Keep family in mind if considering changes to service area

Thanks to the South Peninsula Hospital and EMT folks of the South Peninsula. Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the potential of a South Peninsula Hospital Central Peninsula Hospital merger, in the news and presentations to the Homer City Council. Before endorsing directions we should first take a look at “What is […]

Letters to the Editor – Nov. 18, 2015

Amoroso thanks for support The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club wish to thank the Homer Foundation and your Youth Advisory Council for your support. Both organizations have provided support by helping finance the purchase of music and special learning clinics for student musicians. Just as important to the young musicians […]

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