The example

Imagine our surprise when we learned Alaska legislators, their staff and guests held an after-hours event in the COVID-restricted Capitol complex in Juneau just before Easter weekend. Surely, we thought, that cannot be right.

But, yes indeedy, it turns out they got together for music, pingpong, basketball, board games and some beer in the Capitol complex’s gymnasium – despite the general public being barred from the area and despite legislative COVID restrictions.

Mind you, COVID-19 already broke out once this year among lawmakers and their staff, derailing the Legislature’s – read public’s – business. Apparently that was not warning enough for this bunch.

The revelers included Reps. Sara Rasmussen, R-Anchorage; Kelly Merrick, R-Eagle River; Zack Fields, D-Anchorage; blogger Jeff Landfield; various legislative staff; an employee of oil and gas company Hilcorp; and current and former members of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration.

The story is that whatever the gathering was it was not really a party. No, really.

As COVID-19 numbers are on the rise again across Alaska and vaccinations are plateauing, what an absolute nifty time to get together in a restricted area, break all the rules and do something, well, stupid.

Alaska thanks you guys for setting the example.

3 Responses to The example

  1. Angry Viking April 12, 2021 at 9:22 am

    It’s easy to forget, when you’re in a leadership role people are ALWAYS watching you, and you are ALWAYS setting an example, for good or for bad. It’s far better to be “caught” quietly doing good, than the alternative. People remember.

  2. Greg in Homer April 10, 2021 at 8:35 am

    So…. Maybe what they are trying to tell you is that they don’t believe all of the Covid hype? Maybe they believe that this “pandemic” is an overreaction to an outbreak of respiratory disease that has the same impact as the seasonal flu? I’m just spitballing here, trying to answer the implicit question you asked in your article. Perhaps others can chime in with comments to help you figure out why a group of legislators and staff have little regard for CV-19.

  3. Randy S. Griffin Fairbanks Alaska April 9, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    I live in Fairbanks and have never been to Juneau, but the activities of playing basketball in a gymnasium seem OK to me. I think getting some aerobic exercise is good for warding off Covid-19. Ping pong is an excellent activity too. As far as beer drinking, I only drink non-alcoholic beer, and only once in a while. Consumption of hard-core beer is OK, I suppose, if done in moderation. I don’t know what the rules are for consuming alcohol in that building.

    Maybe the biggest no-no was not sweeping up after eating potato chips, or whatever they had. But maybe they could not find a push broom.


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