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 […]

Senate Passes Bill to Combat Domestic Violence

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today applauded the Senate’s unanimous passage of their bipartisan bill which they recently introduced, to help combat domestic abuse and sexual violence. The Pro bono Work to Empower and Represent (POWER) Act mandates that each year, the United States Attorney in each judicial district […]

Cannabis needs positive thinking

In your article entitled, “Cannabis entrepreneurs face restrictive regulations,” I find some inaccuracies and general misinformation presented by Mr. Shane Monroe of the Kachemak Cannabis Consultancy. Monroe posits two possible interpretations for the actions of the legislature and Marijuana Control Board: 1. Well-meaning incompetence; or 2. “That this is part of a larger effort to […]

Show Homer your ‘HART’ on Dec. 1: vote ‘yes’ on Prop 1

Generally, Homer city government hums along quietly in the background. The library buzzes with activity six days a week; the Homer Education and Recreation Complex livens evenings with pickle ball; when you need a policeman, he’s there. But what would Homer be like without these simple things we take for granted? What if you popped […]

Who are the seniors you see in our community?

We are your parents, grand parents, great grand parents, friends and neighbors. The state of Alaska has bestowed the Senior designation upon us at the tender age of 60 and gradually increases our Senior benefits until full realization at age 65. We paid income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes and all forms of fees for […]

Why become a warrior?

On Veteran’s Day, I spend this day in silent reverence and meditation. I am reminded why I am who I am. The philosophy taught to me by forefather’s states: “I know who I am, for I am a warrior. I know what I can do and I know what I can do to my enemies. […]

The man behind the uniform

My father was raised a Quaker; you know, the kind that will nurse the wounded on both sides rather than take up arms. He was in medical school when Hitler’s forces seemed to be winning. Feeling that Hitler must be stopped, he quit medical school to join the navy. He almost died in the 1918 […]

In consideration of a peninsula hospital merger

This week I was asked to comment on the potential Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH)- South Peninsula Hospital (SPH) merger presented to the Homer City Council. The KPB Healthcare task force is reviewing health care costs for all three peninsula hospitals.   The mayor said he plans to hire consultants to construct a plan for hospital and […]

Debunking ‘myths, innuendos and false narratives’

The senior community in Alaska is a vibrant, growing community that has a significant economic impact on the state and boroughs. Politicians of all persuasions frequently point toward seniors when looking for ways to increase revenue or as a convenient group to place “soft” blame for  financial shortfalls resulting from past errant financial decisions.  Some […]

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