After rejecting a much more robust defense of individual liberties when it comes to the threat of compulsory COVID vaccines, the Ketchikan Borough Assembly passed a separate measure that included an amendment which “recognizes that vaccination is non-compulsory.”

It states, “that merchants and other service providers in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough are urged to refrain from discriminating against any individual by denying that person access to goods or services based upon their COVID-19 vaccination status or failure to provide that information, there is an affirmative right under law to choose to opt out, and that citizens opting out ought not to be discriminated against for so choosing to be vaccinated or not.”

The resolution was approved at the Dec. 21 Assembly meeting.

Earlier in the evening Borough Mayor Rodney Dial made a pitch for his original resolution, after no Assembly member would agree to bring it to the floor for consideration. He said his intent of introducing the draft was born of concern that local businesses might refuse goods and services to citizens based on their vaccination status. Dial’s original ordinance made a strong defense of personal liberties granted by our Creator, the right to privacy and the need to never trade “treasured constitutional protections for the comfort of perceived safety.”

The approved resolution did not include any of this language but did incorporate some of the mayor’s concerns about the vaccine being “non-compulsory.” Unlike Dial’s original resolution, the one that passed contained a direct plug for all residents to get vaccinated.

It stated: “The Ketchikan Gateway Borough encourages its citizens to avail themselves of the COVID-19 vaccine, that citizens need to make an educated decision that doing this is right for them, in order to reopen our community.”

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Ketchikan passes watered down resolution on ‘non-compulsory’ vaccinations

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    God Save the Republic … Thank you Mayor Dail . You are ” SPOT ON MAN ” !

  • Nicole says:

    In order to make an educated decision, citizens should be informed they are being coerced by the government to partake in a two-year medical experiment. Unconstitutionally closing the community and economy is the punishment these criminals will impose for noncompliance.

  • Joshua Bennett says:

    All it takes if for Americans to refuse to comply. But, for some unknown reason, to me at least, Americans think they are required to obey these mini-Maoist mayors and governors, and, Americans are living in dread fear. Why? Get rid of the dilution that these mere men have authority to destroy your lives. Refuse to comply.
    Resolve to serve no more. Stand up, push back, hard, and be an American our forefathers would be proud of.

    • Nicole says:

      Agreed! I’ve yet to consent with the medical advice to obstruct my respiratory passageways with a face covering, though I’ve been discriminated against for failure to comply with the government-coerced medical mandates. We need to connect with like-minded, God-fearing, liberty-fighting patriots who have the courage to stand against oppressive tyranny. There is strength in numbers. Additionally, more need to be educated against the lies and deception being propagated by government “servants” who likewise, need to be held legally accountable for their criminal behavior. Connection, education, and legal action are the keys to taking back our God-given inalienable rights.