Homer Alaska The ACTUAL story -2009
If you are one of the owners of the establishments listed, yes you will talk up the scenery and fishing and tourist type stuff. The real Homer is a lot different. I have a house, two kids and a wife. Our electric bill has doubled here recently, thanks to H.E.A., $400 a month. Gas is $2.76 a gallon, a gallon of milk is $3.99. Not to mention you will be lucky to find a job here. Most people who have raised kids here have watched them leave, so they could find a job. The city government counts on tourists for their revenue, as does the state of Alaska. You will pay for everything if you come here. I used to be able to go up the road and camp almost anywhere but since we have become a tourist state, we all have to pay just to park, let alone camp. In Oregon where I grew up, I could go fishing and not see anyone. Thanks to tourism, I have to jostle for elbow room here. The last frontier is not here anymore. We are becoming the next California or Oregon. Too many hippies here to ever have any type of real development, that will lead to long term employment or opportunities for our children. The Government would rather tax you, charge you, pick-pocket you than look for real solid tax revenue. The town of Homer ran off Fred Meyer with all there restrictions. Good you say, keep it small. All the while there is no competition here and the price of everything is out of control. Bring in the jobs I say. Increase the tax base and take the pressure of the people who call this place home. I came from a tourist and fishing town, Coos Bay Oregon to be exact. And look at them now. Not much of a life there. Homer is headed down the same road as Oregon and Calif.. Actually, Homer is more of a retirement area than anything else. Halibut capital of the world?! As a tourist, without a friend who lives here and has a boat, you will pay about $250.00 for a Halibut. If I, a resident of Homer, went to the local store to buy Halibut, it would cost me $15.00 a pound. King crab would cost me $25.00 a pound. Please, send more Russian crab! I'll buy it! Alaska may be a novelty to everyone outside, but it is my home, and my home is ripping me off.
Thanks for listening.:)