Bronson’s libertarian streak is the new direction Anchorage needs


    My wife of 46 years and I have always felt we were informed voters with a libertarian streak. We research candidates, try to meet them, and talk with those who know them. We have approached this current Anchorage mayoral election with an expanded commitment to get involved in backing our chosen candidate. 

    Our choice is Dave Bronson. I’ll get to the reasons in a moment. It’s important to explain why we are so involved, including max donors and volunteers for his campaign. 

    We came to Alaska in 1989 as traveling nurses after working in 14 states and 31 locations, at every type of critical care unit and emergency setting. We lived in Soldotna and Dillingham where I became a physician assistant and later settled in Anchorage in 2000.

    Life on the East Hillside is wonderful, even today. But many changes over the last few years threaten the character of the city I love. SARS-Cov-2 struck while we were on a road trip to the Lower-48. We returned through Canada last April.

    Bronson has a libertarian streak that directly conflicts with the present municipal overreach.

    The first thing we noticed on our return was the explosion in the homeless/vagrant population. It seemed our city had changed drastically in seven months. This is a complex issue, but it’s obvious over the last five years that those in charge have only enabled and exacerbated the problem.

    I’ve attempted to dialogue with the Assembly and the unelected acting mayor for six months now, both at Assembly audience participation and frequent emails. Once the doomsday COVID modeling that predicted 7,800 hospitalizations with 5,800 deaths in Anchorage within the first months of the pandemic did not materialize, I realized those in the muni, under the unbridled power of an emergency declaration, were basing decisions on myopic flawed data, mainstream panic porn, and a desire to hold on to the unlimited power they granted themselves.

    As a former physician assistant, I thought that if I presented science-based journal articles concerning the flaws in their assumptions, while pointing out their total disregard for the unintended consequences of their decisions, perhaps they would change course. Instead, Anchorage increased business closures and unemployment, increased mental health crisis intervention, substance abuse, domestic violence and child abuse, delayed preventative health, and the collapse of our children’s education.

    Mr. Bronson would have followed the same Libertarian approach used in the Mat-Su and the Kenai.

    After more than five months of emails, one Assembly person recently admitted the “benefits of an EP (emergency proclamation) are to streamline purchasing and help reassign MOA staff. It is also important to have an emergency declared for FEMA funding.”

    We have now been under emergency proclamation for 13 months, and mayoral candidate Forrest Dunbar has voted to extend the EP eight times, most recently on April 13. I live in District 5. Though he is supposed to represent me, he has responded to only one of my many emails in the last six months – a one-line snark about some data misrepresented on a CDC site.

    We attended fundraisers for multiple candidates. After speaking with Dave Bronson, we realized he too had a libertarian streak that directly conflicted with the present municipal overreach in the face of the pandemic.

    Here we are 13 months later and still under an emergency proclamation with emergency orders restricting our freedom of choice. Just 45 miles down the road, however, the Mat-Su has less hospitalizations and deaths per 100,000, and no mandates. They only have recommendations, while giving citizens the credit and power to decide their own potential threat matrix related to COVID. Businesses are thriving and gatherings normally benefitting Anchorage, like the Sportsman’s Show and Wild Sheep Foundation Banquet, are now in Wasilla and Palmer.

    Mr. Bronson would have followed the same Libertarian approach used in the Mat-Su and the Kenai. If he had been in charge, I would not still be mandated to wear a mask while exercising, a potentially dangerous situation physically. Peer reviewed journal articles on this topic, which I forwarded to Assemblyman Dunbar and other Assembly members, were ignored.

    My wife and I have been fully vaccinated for almost two months making this mandate even more ludicrous.

    The Assembly feels they know better than I regarding what is personally safe, even though I’m the one that was licensed to practice medicine.

    If you’re tired of having a local government that thinks it knows more than you about your personal wellbeing, please elect Dave Bronson for mayor of Anchorage.  We need that new direction, not a continuation of fact-ignoring “leadership.”

    The views expressed here are those of the author.

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    James Wojciehowski
    James Wojciehowski
    James Wojciehowski is a retired physician assistant and 21-year resident of Anchorage.

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      • Naïve is a better name for you ! Being Libertarian isn’t ” liberal ” in the political sense in AMERICA”S MSM !

    1. There was a serious homeless problem in Anchorage long before Mr. James Wachowski showed up. If Mr. Bronson were truly a libertarian he wouldn’t be such a bigot when it comes to gay rights

      • For gosh sake, sonny, many of us simply find your unnatural behavior to be disgusting and bigotry has nothing to do with it.

        Please just go climb back into your closet and nobody will care about the creepy stuff you do behind closed doors. We really don’t want to know about it and we don’t want it soiling the political landscape.

        Small “L” libertarianism in no way translates into acceptance of degeneracy as normal.


    2. The person who said No to Bronson you’re free to move to Porland or Seattle. You don’t have to destroy this city with your negativity. We don’t want ya here.

    3. 1Department of Immunology, Immunosciences Laboratory, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, United States
      2Department of Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA, United States
      3Regenera Medical, Los Angeles, CA, United States
      4Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States
      5Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States –
      Federal law prohibits employers and others from requiring vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine distributed under an EUA

      The American Journal of Medicine
      Volume 134, Issue 1, January 2021, Pages 16-22
      Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection

      The American Journal of Medicine Now Recommends HCQ for COVID19 –

      VAERS Database – COVID19 and Patient Died –

      Four COVID Vaccines Compared

      For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.

      The idea these kits can isolate a specific virus like COVID-19 is nonsense. –

      See new CDC mortality category: PIC, which groups pneumonia, influenza & COVID19 together/reports them all as COVID deaths –

      The deaths from Covid came at the expense of normal heart disease and other deaths, which declined for no apparent reason. As one declined the other went up by the same amount.

      Virus are 0.004 to 0.1 microns in size. Masks being utilized don’t seal to your face, eyes exposed. No way to have a fit test with masks being utilized. Required, particulate filter efficient against a 0.3 mm MMAD. mask – – filter

      If your reading glasses fog up when you wear a mask, how is a mask going to stop a virus? –

      Ages 0-19: 99.997%
      Ages 20-49: 99.98%
      Ages 50-69: 99.5%
      Ages 70+: 94.6% –

      FDA Safety Surveillance of COVID-19 Vaccines : DRAFT Working list of possible adverse event outcomes ***Subject to change***

      Encephalitis/myelitis/encephalomyelitis/ meningoencephalitis/meningitis/ encepholapathy
      MultisystemInflammatorySyndrome in Children
      Vaccineenhanceddisease –

      Never forget – Jan. 14, 2020! WHO Tells Everyone Don’t Worry Because China Says Coronavirus Isn’t Contagious –

    4. Jim,

      Thank you for all your research and diligence with the ASSembly! I too am voting for Bronson. I have met him and his lovely wife. He is a patriot and freedom loving American!! His years as an officer in the US Air Force have groomed him for this leadership role. He is not a bigot, and does not hate gays.

    5. We have watched the melt down of Anchorage from a front row seat in the Valley. Having been born and raised in Anchorage, it truly saddens me to see what a cesspool it has become. People having sex in the open on Benson Blvd and not being stopped or cited? The constriction of freedoms is directly related to Anchorage’s leadership, both in government and schools. As a side note, it is ironic to find myself sharing our restaurants and grocery stores, even our local gyms with folks from Anchorage. Who knew they would embrace Valley Trash so fervently? It matters who you vote for.
      Interesting article. Vote Bronson!

    6. Yes, there are some small-L libertarians out there. Just because libertarians agree with Bronson on this one issue does not make him a libertarian. When I ran for Lt. Governor, in 2018, as LP, I was told that Dunleavy was libertarian. Libertarians are Pro-Choice on Everything. It is in our principles and platform. Bronson is not. So, yes, no one on the Assembly who voted for these Executive Orders, over and over, is Libertarian. Dunbar is my Assemblyman, too, and I consider him a friend to the family, but he has criticized my math on this pandemic and accused me of being a science-denier, also. I am not supporting either candidate, currently. I wear my mask to keep businesses in business, and I got my vaccination, because I am logical and choose wisely.

      • Excellent point about Dunbar accusing you of being science-denier, Even though I supply peer reviewed medical journal articles I too am deemed a “science-denier” by Mr. Dunbar. I guess he thinks he has the patent on science and it’s defined as Dunbar’s opinion.

    7. Very well articulated, Mr. W.
      Mainstream panic porn indeed. Those EP benefits of unfettered subjective spending of public funds, wow.
      Unelected AQD and the MOA Assembly are the embodiment of “Emergency.”

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