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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Ever had an old car start to break down?
Maybe the filters get clogged and the tires wear down and you find yourself burning money as your gas mileage deteriorates. The brake pads start to squeak, “check engine” lights flicker on, and you begin to notice that ominous clicking sound from what you think is probably the radiator.
If you’ve spent at least a couple winters in the 49th state, chances are good this has happened to you. You’d like to ignore the warnings, but you know if you don’t get under the hood, the problems with the car are only going to get worse — and more expensive.
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.
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.
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.
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?