Story ‘Mouthing the corporate message on climate change’

Commentary Bob Shavelson The President of the United States came to Alaska recently.  Whether you voted for him or not, it was a historic occasion, and it thrust Alaska and Alaskans into the international spotlight. In a recent opinion piece, Chris Story chose to ignore this historic occasion, and instead presented a mocking critique of […]

Do Not Blame the Fish

POINT OF VIEW Alicia Rae The commercial fishing fleet is to “fault” for the failure of the sports fishermen, in the public mindset. They blame the commercial fleet of stealing “their” target specie, Chinook salmon. Although, they do not factor in their effect on the salmon’s population, with urbanization of the salmon’s native stream, destroying […]

An activist without a cause is dangerous

POINT OF VIEW Rob Rosenfeld As this long rainy weekend passes by, I sit here thinking about my first drive to Alaska during March of 1989. While driving up the Alaskan Highway, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill occurred on March 24. Homer saw and felt the intense impacts of an environmental disaster on an extreme scale. This […]

President Obama’s Footprint

A friend said to me one day last winter, “Are you a denier? A climate-change denier?” A little puzzled I said, “No. I think it’s changing. If you’re asking if I think we are directly changing it,  then yes, I’m a denier I guess.” From where I’m sitting now, drinking my coffee and cogitating the carbon […]

Opportunity to read, explore and create

As September rolls in, local families are settling back into the rhythm of the school year. Summer vacation went by quickly — especially at the Homer Public Library. Each summer, the library hosts Summer@HPL; a robust, informal learning program for kids and teens. On one hand, it’s designed to reduce “summer slide,” the tendency for […]

Letters -Sept. 2

Stock in the Alaska LNG line Walker wants to buy out State’s partner in LNG project (Alaska Dispatch News, Aug. 25, 2015) With an ever-increasing budget deficit in the State’s future, we want to spend $100 million in taxpayer money to own a piece of the LNG line? At 79 years old and on a […]

How we can use soil as a source of hope, life and economy

As long as our planet is in one piece — with water and an atmosphere — we earthlings have life and hope. We can turn around global warming. What makes this possible is our planetary soils; our planet’s true source of wealth.
Humanity currently burns huge quantities of fossil fuels, primarily to generate electricity, secondarily to transport goods and people. Burning fossil fuels generates carbon dioxide. Earth’s atmosphere can hold only a limited quantity of carbon dioxide before the carbon dioxide starts dissolving into the oceans and causing ocean acidification.

Consensus not easy, but the right thing to do

According to a recent news article, it appears the light bulb has gone on and change is afoot. Apparently, the makers of ordinance 15-29 — which intends to prevent all vehicles on all city-owned beaches in Homer — have realized that it is, in fact, true that a “prescriptive easement” to the west of Bishops Beach toward Anchor Point can’t be redacted.
As stated recently, this revelation is one that the first Beach Policy Task Force had in 2001.
I’d like to share a little history for the sake of clarity and continuity. Below is the introductory paragraph submitted with the “Beach Policy Task Force Results,” May of 2001.

Letters -Aug. 26

Stealing from neighbors not the ‘Alaska way’ Some time ago, there was a good article about Iceland — perhaps you read it also. They face similar issues as we do in Alaska, yet they discuss them openly through social conversations in media, theater and music. That impressed me. For eight years, I fished commercially, and […]

Letters – Aug. 19

No beach party I was on the first Beach Policy Task Force 14 years ago. As a result, I would like to share the thoughts below: We studied for more than a year and learned that Bishop’s Beach to the right (or west — heading toward Anchor Point) is a traditional road. Therefore, there is […]

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