Letters to the Editor

Letter: Bronson veto override

Mayor Dave Bronson’s response to the Assembly overriding his veto on the mask mandate was absolutely rich with hypocrisy. Let’s look at Bronson’s own words and break it down:

”The nine members who voted for this mask mandate ignored the public process, shut down public testimony, shut out the people, and decided that they (not you or your health care provider) will make decisions about your personal health. It’s just another effort by our Assembly to force the citizens of Anchorage to do their will and silence those who desire to exercise their right to petition their government.” Ignored the public process, shut down public testimony, shut out the people? There was more than a week of public testimony that devolved into little more than a circus sideshow. After day two, it was obvious that Bronson, Amy Demboski, Jamie Allard and all their minions were trying to thwart the “public process” by trying to drag this out. For them to claim that thwarting the public process was what the Assembly did is the very definition of gaslighting.

”… that they will make decisions about your personal health.” It ain’t about your personal health, it’s about my personal health. Masks protect me from you. Why is that so hard to get in your head?”… just another effort by our Assembly to force the citizens of Anchorage to do their will and silence those who desire to exercise their right to petition …” They didn’t silence anything. The infantile, vitriolic and just plain bad behavior was tolerated by the Assembly for more than a week. There was nothing, absolutely nothing, more to be gained by this obscene display of ugliness.

The Assembly did the right thing.

— Richard Girouard

Anchorage

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