Joseph Lapp II has posted his take on the Homer News.
Kathleen Gustafson: a real hero
After Kathleen Gustafson raised a banner above the docks saying “World’s Worst Governor” during Sarah Palin’s visit to Homer, she became the object of a great deal of scorn and vitriol all across the Internet. Kathleen’s bravery, her unwillingness to hold back from saying what she believes and her constant support of this community made her my hero long before there was a “Kathleen Gustafson is my hero” group on Facebook.
Now that videos have begun popping up on conservative blogs showing Kathleen acting in the show “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” that she directed here in Homer last year, I wanted to let everyone know that, yes Kathleen put on that show, she bought the rights with the “energy bonus” that Sarah Palin tacked onto our PFDs during her failed vice-presidential bid, and she gave the money the show raised, over $5,000 in total, to support the excellent work the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic does providing some of the best services of its kind in the entire country.
While conservatives from outside are busy attacking Kathleen, I hope that Homer’s conservatives and liberals alike will have her back for the years of service she’s given to this community. Kathleen Gustafson should be a hero to all of us.
I agree. I haven’t been in touch with Kathleen but have many emails from people asking how they can thank her. I’ve never met her. I asked her if she’d want to come on the radio with me to talk about her exchange. She said, “No. Everything I needed to say I said to her face and I’m done.”
I have a deep respect for her conviction, courage and ability to let things go.
The Pier One Theatre was founded in 1973 and I had a summer run of Angry Housewives in 1988 that I’ll never forget. So many of us learned to love theater in that evolving building.
The Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic is amazing. It is remarkable a town the size of Homer has such a professional and compassionate resource.