Dance with the people who brought you, governor

There’s an old saying in life and politics: “You dance with the one who brought you.” The more I look at Gov. Bill Walker’s state budget plans, the more I think he’s trying to ditch his dance partners. Walker, you may recall, was elected by a core of Democratic, Native and working-class voters. He did […]

Young, DeFazio: ‘FDA wrong on Frankenfish decision’

  Weeks ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its misguided decision to approve the nation’s first-ever genetically modified animal for human consumption: genetically engineered salmon. Despite overwhelming opposition from scientists, consumers and fishermen, the product commonly referred to as  “Frankenfish”  could unknowingly be your choice for dinner as early as 2017. For those […]

Volunteers can do much for growing numbers of Alaska foster children

All children should have a loving home and the opportunity to succeed. That’s unfortunately not the case for many Alaska foster youth. Today, 40 percent end up homeless — or couch-surfing at someone else’s home — at some point after leaving foster care. Seventeen percent end up in jail. As we think about our holiday […]

Houses passes 5-year transportation agreement

The last time Congress passed a long-term transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU, I was chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Since then, we have limped along with short-term extension after short-term extension, robbing our states and localities of the certainty they depend on to repair and expand our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. I proudly worked with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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