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Bright, shiny objects: Take a knee

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MEANWHILE, ON THE MEAN STREETS OF ANCHORAGE…

Patrick Flynn, Anchorage Assemblyman, chose theatrics over tradition during this week’s meeting, “taking a knee” during the Pledge of Allegiance. Assemblymember Amy Demboski was not holding back about it:

“Today is a sad day for the Anchorage Assembly. Anchorage Assembly member Flynn decided to use this public meeting as an opportunity to disrespect the veterans, men and women of all backgrounds that have served this country, by kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance. Say what you will about the narrative from BLM, elected officials who openly disrespect veterans are not up to par in my book.

“I’m a veteran and an Anchorage Assembly member who represents 50,000 people; I stand firmly behind the APD, AST, and all law enforcement and I refuse the narrative that cops are racist. I am offended by the clear disrespect shown by the member from downtown.”

What she said.

EMPIRE PAYWALL COMES DOWN FOR TWO WEEKS

Readers won’t need a password to read the Juneau Empire for the next two weeks. The paywall has been dropped in an effort to help the public get more informed in advance of the Nov. 8 General Election.

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR OBAMACARE DEAD AHEAD

During the 2016, 23,029 Alaskans enrolled in Obamacare health insurance plans. Enrollments totalled 20,897 at the end of open enrollment for 2015, an increase of 2,132 or 10 percent.

By March 31, 2016, actual enrollment in the Alaska exchange stood at nearly 18,000, with nine out of 10 enrollees being subsidized for their premiums. The average subsidy at $737 in Alaska for the past year. That is two and a half times the rest of the country.

Enrollment is open year-round for Alaska Natives and Native Americans. For the rest of Alaskans, open enrollment for 2017 coverage starts Nov. 1 and ends in January.

CATS ON A LEASH

Not to be outdone by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, which opened a recent meeting with an invocation offered by a satanist, the Kenai City Council on Oct. 5 will determine if cats must be on leashes when outside of their owners’ properties, in the same way that dogs already are required to be.

Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and council member Tim Navarre introduced the ordinance after numerous complaints of cats at large, “defecating on private property, invading plant beds, and otherwise disturbing property owners’ peaceful enjoyment of their property.”

 

EVENTS OF INTEREST

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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