After three nights of heated testimony on a highly controversial and deeply divisive mask mandate proposal, the Anchorage Assembly is set for round four Monday night.

Emotions are high with most testifiers adamantly opposed to the idea of forcing business owners to boot unmasked customers, or having neighbors report on each other.

Yes, COVID case counts are high (although they been steadily dropping over the past week or so), but Mayor Dave Bronson is right in adamantly opposing this mandate.

Using the force of law to threaten and coerce nearly every Anchorage man, woman and child into covering their faces with an assortment of questionably effective masks was doomed to create massive backlash, and it has.

Bronson is correct to provide expanded testing and treatment options for area residents, while adamantly opposing this micro-managing scheme to turn neighbor against neighbor.

The public hearing continues at 5 p.m., Oct. 4., in the Anchorage Assembly Chambers.

Keep on point, civil and passionate.


  • Click here to read the draft mask mandate ordinance.
  • Click here to email or call Anchorage Assembly members.
  • To contact Mayor Dave Bronson, call (907) 343-7100 or email
  • The public may submit written comments at There is no sign-up list for in-person testimony. It is on a first come basis. Click here for more information.

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Heated Anchorage masking debate continues Monday at 5 p.m.

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.