Homer is a city located in the state of Alaska. It is two hundred and eighteen miles southwest of Anchorage. According to the 2010 Census, the population is 5,003. Long known as The “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.” Homer is also nicknamed “the end of the road,” and more recently, “the cosmic hamlet by the sea.”
It like every town in the United States expects to take care inhouse all its local business, not have the world intrude nor powerful groups descend to overrule the rights of local residents. Local governance is the ground floor of governing. Those who live in the community should and according to the constitution are granted certain rights through their state and the country to live, work, and enjoy the rights they vote upon. Not have any outsiders come in and force different than the residents want to see happen especially if those citizens follow the law and decide they are no longer happy with those currently in governing positions.
This is the very heart and essence of our country. So why has the ACLU flexed its muscle by deciding to insert their opinions and claws into a tiny village or town? Probably because what they can get done on a grassroots level will eventually cow most small towns into submission and then they can use this to springboard up the chain of government to take over the rest of the country.
May 18, 2017
City council recall, Homer, Alaska (2017)
Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis, and Catriona Reynolds face a recall election on June 13, 2017. Michael Fell submitted a recall application to City Clerk Jo Johnson that cited their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and their support for sanctuary policies. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alaska filed a lawsuit on behalf of the council members seeking to halt the recall, which is discussed here.
Fell and other members of a local group called Heartbeat of Homer claimed misconduct in office and a lack of fitness for office by the three council members in his recall application. He cited two resolutions pursued by the city council as grounds for recall in the application. For one thing at stake is the Dakota Pipeline and the concerns of the Standing Rock Indian Tribe. For another, the mayor and a few members are wanting to declare “sanctuary city” status.
Attorney Stacey Stone, on behalf of Heartbeat of Homer, filed a motion to intervene in the case. The case was awaiting assignment to a judge as of May 17, 2017.
Heartbeat of Homer reported $2,462 in contributions and $2,462 in expenditures as of May 16, 2017. Homer Citizens Against the Recall reported $2,470.79 in contributions, $1,046.24 in expenditures, and $1,424.55 cash on hand as of May 15, 2017.
So basically now a stand-off between residents with opposing views that should be settled locally and within reasonable legal systems in the area has now been blown up into a bigger issue. Kinda reminds me of bringing an armored tank to a small fish fry.
It is bad enough that such a small town ends up divided and local problems have arisen but to have others step in can only tear the community apart more.
This sounds more like a squabble between a few on the playground versus the police force crashing in with guns at the ready in a Waco style issue.
The point here is not that there are valid reasons and issues because we are not living in the area or know the area intimately enough to speak; but, that a big city group has marched in and decided that they know best. This is not how things should be done.
This is only the latest of many issues where ACLU or some strong-arm high-powered group has plopped themselves square in the middle of the rights of a small town USA dispute. Small towns have neither the funds nor the strength to battle these “do-gooder” snobs or government agencies who are usurping their rights for local governance.