By AlaskaWatchman.com

Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson released the following statement after the Sept. 29 Assembly meeting in which he expressed support for those who were drawing comparisons between Nazi treatment of Jews and the proposed mask mandate. The fourth night of public testimony will continue on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.

BRONSON’S STATEMENT

“I understand that we should not trivialize or compare what happened during the Holocaust to a mask mandate and I want to apologize for any perception that my statements support or compare what happened to the Jewish people in Nazi Germany – that was one of the most evil and darkest times in our world’s history. I should have chosen my words more carefully, and if I offended anyone, I am truly sorry.

Anchorage has always been a city that takes care of its neighbors, no matter what differences exist among us. We love a good debate and talking about issues that matter to us and our families.

I respect everyone’s right to petition their government, to speak up in favor or opposition to major policies with wide-ranging impacts. But we must do so with decorum and respect. It is never appropriate to resort to name-calling, intimidation, or hatred, under any circumstances.

Everyone in this city loves Anchorage, as do I. Every member of the Assembly loves Anchorage. Being called to serve in public office means you want to make your community a better place. That is certainly why I chose to run for mayor, to make sure our city moves forward and becomes the city we all know it can be.

But we cannot achieve that if we shout each other down, insult our neighbors, and use profanity and offensive language to describe one another. It is counterproductive and creates a toxic environment where nothing can get done.

So, for those who gather in opposition to this ordinance, I ask you, please keep it civil. Keep your comments forceful but respectful, and based on policy, not personality.

For those of you who gather in support of the ordinance, I ask the same thing. We must keep our composure and listen to one another if we are to move this city forward.

The last two nights have been passionate and even heated at times. That being said, let us debate the issue tonight on its merits, and let’s refrain from mean-spirited and offensive language while doing so.

Members of the Assembly, you have my full support in asking for calm tonight, and my pledge to work with you to ensure all voices are heard in a way that respects everyone as equals. My faith compels me to follow the Golden Rule, and I would ask the same from everyone here tonight.”

TAKING ACTION

  • The Oct. 4 public hearing on the proposed Anchorage mask mandate begins at 5 p.m. The public may submit written comments at www.muni.org/testimony. There is no sign-up list for in-person testimony. It is on a first come basis. Click here for more information.
  • Click here to read the draft mask mandate ordinance.
  • Click here to email or call Anchorage Assembly members.

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Anchorage mayor urges civility on debate over proposed mask mandate, apologizes for comparing it to Holocaust

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.