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Berkowitz says it’s time to nuke the nukes

Just two years ago, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was so unconcerned about a possible nuclear threat from North Korea, that he glibly told the Washington Post: “I’m more worried about moose than missiles.”

It was the quote heard ’round the world.

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Now that the mayor of Camp Berkowitz roving homeless encampments in Anchorage has solved the transient problem with a civil emergency declaration, he has decided to tackle nuclear war.

Because success breeds success.

This weekend, Berkowitz signed Anchorage up with a nuclear ban campaign sponsored by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Cities Appeal.

ICAN, as it’s known, was in Anchorage for the occasion, which took place during an education event, “Hiroshima-Amchitka Legacies: What Future Can We Choose,” held at the Anchorage Museum on Saturday.

Anchorage will join a handful of other communities that have signed onto to support the 2017 U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The other cities are:

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
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.


  1. Please tell the good mayor that I am more concerned with my well being on Anchorage’s crime ridden streets, or stepping in the feces from one of his beloved homeless, than I am nuclear weapons.

  2. Berkowitz is Alaska’s prime example of why Americans can’t knuckle under to Democratic cities, demanding an end to the electoral college.

    I didn’t think he could do more damage to Alaska than when he sat in the legislature.

    How dumb I was.

    • Voters in the biggest cities in the US have been almost exactly balanced out by rural areas in terms of population and partisan composition.

      16% of the U.S. population lives outside the nation’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Rural America has voted 60% Republican. None of the 10 most rural states matter now.

      16% of the U.S. population lives in the top 100 cities. They voted 63% Democratic in 2004.

      The population of the top 50 cities (going as far down as Arlington, TX) is only 15% of the population of the United States.

      The rest of the U.S., in suburbs, divide almost exactly equally between Republicans and Democrats.

      • Big city itus , IS the dumbing down of America ! To many good people breathing and living in to close proximity cause ,THE BIG CITY ! The cure , nature , less population !!! Common scence is needed to SAVE our wonderful country , not over populated , poluted dumbed down spaces !!⚓???

  3. Why all of a sudden the Mayor is pushing for nuclear power problem. We have more concerning problems here in our State of Akaska…..our CITIZENS THAT ARE HOMELESS. Crimes that are up in this State that are due to ILLEGALS and DRUGS.

  4. In the old days our parents had a saying, ” you will become who you associate with.” The Mayor has now proclaimed that the city of Anchorage will align with and do it’s very best to become one of the very worst cities in America. If this Mayor is allowed to succeed, the residents of Anchorage will need Muk boots or hipboots to ford Fece Creek at camp Berkowitz

  5. I am unaware of any provision of the Municipal Charter that establishes authority over such matters. (Maybe there is some kind of vague general language that comes into play, but that would be about it.). Nor am I aware of any provision that permits the Mayor to unilaterally bind Anchorage on this topic, without any kind of due process.

    Clue to the Mayor: Spend time on MUNICIPAL issues. That is the job that you signed up to do.

  6. And how is this going to work? North Korea and Iran, to name 2, just give up nukes? Why not include chemical weapons?

  7. I don’t see Tucson on the list of cities – Tucson’s Mayor and Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the nuclear ban treaty on August 6, the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

  8. Ethan if you love CA so much, instead of trying to turn Anchorage into another Berkeley just move there yourself. You keep sandbagging us with more unfavorable issues to try and make us forget how miserably you have failed with the crime and homeless. I have lived here for over 50 years. I felt safer when the mob ran the town than I do now. You are a complete failure. Oh I forgot how wonderful of you to ban the plastic bags that I used everyday that I use to line my trash cans, pick up dog feces, use in packing, use for transporting items and many other uses. I do feel saver without those bags roaming around LOL

  9. For crying out loud Berkowitz, concentrate! Stay city focused!! Clean up our streets, get rid of the homeless and make sure our streets are safe.

  10. I think that Ethan should install Japan style buttwash toilet seats in all public spaces in order to offset the coming deforestation of trees due to the recent plastic bag ban.

  11. Red herring to get the plebes’ minds off of the homeless mess, the crime, and the drugs.
    Another failed Dem admin in Anchorage.
    Begich opened the doors to the gangs, Berkowitz continues the ‘let’s not offend anyone, don’t solve anything, but give us more money’ Marxist/progressive/Dem failed agenda.

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