I commend the Assembly members for their efforts to serve Anchorage and do what’s best for us in this difficult time. I know they are listening to a lot of voices and doing their best to hear everyone.
I live in Eagle River and will be 78 in less than a month. The infection rates in our community are out of control. Before the pandemic, my wife and I did our best to support our local businesses. We ate out often, and bought locally whenever possible. Now, it is a serious decision to order takeout, because even entering a restaurant for pickup seems risky. When we need household items, ordering online seems much safer. Wearing a mask is certainly an inconvenience, but I look at it as one of the few ways we can still show our community support. The loss of local business is crushing the city.
Every infected person is just another opportunity for a mutation to develop that might be more deadly, more infectious, or both. I am pleading with each Assembly member, particularly Jamie Allard, to do what best serves Anchorage. Pass a mask mandate. Such a small thing to do that might save a life and help the city.
— Paul Winkel
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