Letters – Aug. 12

Rotary helps fulfill education dreams I would like to give an honored and blessed thank you to the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club. I graduated from our beloved Homer High School this spring, and was one of the recipients of The Kachemak Bay Rotary Club Scholarship. I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone who […]

Gov. Walker accepts federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage

A busy July has given way to an active August as the legislative interim continues. July’s major news was Governor Bill Walker’s decision to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage in Alaska. The state estimates about 40,000 uninsured Alaskans will receive coverage, and 4,000 new jobs will be created.
As you probably know, the governor used his power of executive order to accept federal funding for Medicaid expansion as a bill calling for expansion did not advance in the legislature this year.
I believe the governor has made the right decision for Alaska on this issue, and I can tell you the number of constituents who have contacted me in favor of Medicaid expansion far outweighed those opposed.
Also, in a poll we conducted earlier this year through the District P email list, 77 percent of the respondents were in favor of expanding the program.

Highlighting Woodard Creek is a shared cause

Anyone who’s experienced the quiet, shimmering magic of a rippling creek knows what peace of mind it can bring. We forget about the turmoil of life, and clear our minds to think and reflect. The subtle music of gurgling water is a soothing medicine; if you’ve never experienced it, you are missing a treasure. If you have, nature has soaked you in one of its best tonics.
Woodard Creek was once this healing elixir. It was a creek that ran year-round from the bluffs above Homer, through town and into Kachemak Bay. It supplied water and peace of mind for early homesteaders.

Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year

Our district is very excited to have all of our students, staff and parents back in school. We have had a busy summer at the district office in preparation for this year, and are now able to implement many blended learning opportunities across the district, while leveraging our existing technology for even greater student learning. As you know, we are fully committed to prepare all of our students for their future.
As we continue to prepare our students with many exciting opportunities, a major component involves the opportunity for our teachers to collaborate. This time allows teachers to understand an individual student’s strengths and weaknesses, and work with other teachers to personalize a student’s education. Our teachers work hard to differentiate instruction for content, student interests and student learning profiles. They will use their time wisely to meet each student’s needs.

Letters – Aug. 5

Just say no to spending Since I live out East End Road, beyond the city limits, I don’t have a lot of say about what goes on in the city of Homer. Having said that, however, I just can’t sit by and watch the Homer City Council spend $385,000 to design 35 percent of a […]

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?”

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