It is difficult in these troubled times not to be cynical when it comes to local government, but the Anchorage Assembly’s turnaround on its year-long lock-down of businesses, along with its limitations on the size of indoor gatherings, makes it even more so.
A cynic might believe the Assembly turnaround was triggered by its desire to help one of its own, liberal Assemblyman Forrest Dunbar, in the May 11 mayoral runoff election.
Dunbar has been a vocal and ardent supporter of the lock-downs – voting for them again and again – and it has cost him politically. Scores of Anchorage businesses have been forced to close because of the city’s actions.
Downtown Assemblyman Christopher Constant – the guy who likes to rough up rabbis during Assembly meetings – and Dunbar, his pal and political ally, during Tuesday’s meeting offered an amendment to the notorious Emergency Order 20 to remove all emergency order requirements on businesses and gatherings.
As one might expect of our Left-leaning Assembly – after a year with its knee on Anchorage businesses’ necks – quickly fell into line, dumping all restrictions as of May 3, except a mask mandate.
How nice. Our only hope is that Anchorage voters are not nearly as dumb as Dunbar, Constant and their chums on the Assembly seem to think they are.