Editor’s note: The following message was originally posted on Facebook by Elizabeth Welsh, one of the organizers of the Open Alaska group which advocates rolling back many of the oppressive COVID mandates in Anchorage. This is what she would have said to the Anchorage Assembly on Dec. 22 had there been enough time.

Last week, I attended a funeral for my husband’s grandfather. Ray Welsh was 84 years old. He was a teacher, a Bristol Bay fisherman, and an Army veteran. After a stroke affected his mobility in 2019, he moved to a Providence Long Term Care facility.

In March 2020, he was medically kidnapped, and denied any visitation with his family. Even his own wife was unable to visit him. His caretakers and staff could go home every day, interact with their community, then put on PPE and see him daily, but his own family was denied the same privileges.

With nothing to live for, he gave up on life. No major medical event killed him, no stroke, no heart attack, no COVID-19. He simply stopped eating and drinking and died. Completely alone. Without a single loved one to hold his hand. His grieving family denied the right to say goodbye.

They could, however, enter the facility after he died to collect his belongings. All of this was done for his own good. For their own good. So you told us.

History will remember your inhumane lack of compassion. Any of you who continue to extend these devastating mandates are responsible for the destruction of human life left in their wake. It is arrogant and a fatal conceit to dictate that you know what is best for everyone, what is best for me, what is best for Ray Welsh.

I will never forget your arrogance. Have some compassion and quit using a sledgehammer to kill a fly. You are slowly killing us all.

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  • Michael S Totten says:

    Same thing happened to my friends wife on the kenai Peninsula

  • elizabeth s degler says:

    Am one of the penalty paying individual mandate folks for this very V.E.R.Y. REASON regarding Affordable Care Act misnomers.

  • Mongo Like Candy says:

    In 1776 citizens fed up with tyranny used the following tactic on government officials and their enablers called Tories. They would early in the morning set fire to the official/Tories home, usually the rear of the house, then lie in wait for them to run out the front of the house where they would be promptly shot.

  • FreeInSD says:

    This won’t end until we rebel.

    • James says:

      Exactly what we need to do.

    • Nicole says:

      We can all start en masse today by rebelling against unlawful m a s k mandates. Mayors do not legislate law. Stop willfully giving authority to these tyrants! Peacefully protest by saying NO!!! We should not be witnessing merely one or two m a s kless individuals, but hoards of rebels encouraging others to exercise their God-given right to be FREE!

  • Burt says:

    Armed citizens are going to have to storm the offices and arrest these mayors, governors, assembly members, legislators and bureaucrats who invoke such inhuman tyranny.

  • Matt Myers says:

    I’m sorry for the loss in your family. I’m more sorry for the inhumane way he was treated.

    Thank you for this article.

  • Theresa says:

    God have mercy on us!
    My 84 year old uncle died in WI this May, after being locked down in his assisted living facility, denied any visits from everyone save a nurse for two months, and (thank God) a priest at the very end.

    The inhumane treatment offered at Providence goes back before the Wuhan Debacle, but has only increased in ferocity throughout 2020.

    Thank you for sharing this story.

  • Fr. Joseph Wargacki says:

    To deny access to any family member in the care of some medical institution is an outrage! Talk about basic freedoms being violated and what this family endured is over the top. I am appauled that this has occured to their loved one in this day & age.

  • Dina says:

    This Covid thing would be a lot easier to swallow if the government hadn’t started lying from the get go. The number of people who have died unnecessarily in the name of what… we will never fully know, but if someone isn’t standing in front of The Hague for crimes against humanity to answer for these atrocities it will be a tipping point that we won’t recover from.

  • Genelle says:

    So very sorry for your loss, I am so sad and enraged, there was no need for this to happen, there are world leaders behind this atrocity, it is called “the great reset” may seem like it’s out of this world but it’s happening, it’s for a one world government, Trump knows about it and he has been working on trying to stop what they are doing, that’s why he is so hated especially by the democrats who are also for it, Obama, the pope, Soros, prince Charles, Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau and bunch of other billionaires are behind this, even the Chinese communist party are in it too, the covid 19 was part of the plan and they are using it as a weapon, trying to depopulate the world, sry for this long comment but anyone can google this, they are a very evil group of people, there is medications that can help cure the virus when contracted, that’s why the Democrats won’t allow Drs to use those medications, Hydroxychloroquine, remdisiver and another one ivoectitene don’t know if this is how to write it are what works 100% but these are being deprived by the democrats and these world leaders. With these meds there is actually no need even for a vaccine. This is so very unnecessary for many to suffer in this way, again I am so sorry, my heart goes out to the families.

  • James says:

    If I was put in this position were I could not see my dying family member. I would definitely excise my 2nd ammendment right.